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Cholesterol Down, A1C Up - What Now?

Friday, November 30, 2012

I got the results of my blood test. Cholesterol is down, and except for the triglycerides, everything is in range. Even the triglycerides are only a few points above normal; a year and a half ago, they were way up. So I was happy when I got the results. Eating healthier seems to be paying off.
However, my A1c is up to 7.7. A year and a half ago, it was 7.2. I'm not really surprised, because my sugars were out of control for a while, but I am surprised that the lipids are down and the sugars up. Is that normal? What do I tell my doctor? Should I just keep trying with exercise and diet - my sugars have been lower since I've started tracking - and wait another 2 months until the bad sugars are out of my system? Or should I go on another medication? Any advice?

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/9/2012 12:04PM

    I don't have an answer. I do want to congratulate you on your hard work.

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MPETERSON2311 12/5/2012 11:20AM

    uh oh, at least 7 is a good number. That is coming from my mom who is a diabetic nurse and from dealing with my hubby's diabetes. He had an A1C of 12 once- the doctor asked him how the hell he was still alive?! Maybe we shouldn't focus too much on the numbers on the right side of the decimal. A 7 is a 7. You are remaining consistent! That's something to celebrate.

I would wait on the different medication- switching it up might make the sugars go up or down more. Healthy eating and exercise seems to be working.

I wish I could give more advice about the cholesterol, but I am not that knowledgable on that subject other than fish oil is good to increase the good cholesterol.

Comment edited on: 12/5/2012 11:24:45 AM

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Flu Shot and Blood Tests

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I finally got my flu shot and the blood tests the doctor ordered half a year ago. I'm a master procrastinator, but it's time to get things done. I just received an e-mail that my lipid panel results are in, and I checked the web site; surprisingly enough, my numbers are much, much better than a year and a half ago. I guess just paying attention to what I eat has helped. Now, everything but the triglycerides is in range, and those are just a few points above normal. Whew! At least I won't need to go on additional medication to handle those issues.
I'm not so optimistic about my A1C; I've been letting things slide way too long. That result is going to take a little longer to come in, though, so I'll have to wait.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/2/2012 10:13AM

    Good on you taking care of yourself!

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GARDEMON 11/29/2012 11:36PM

I can tell all about it. Focus on small changes at the time. And keep moving forward. Step by step you will reach your goals. Thanks for sharing

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Nutrition Tracker: My New Best Friend

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I love the Nutrition Tracker. I have been tracking my food religiously for a week, and it does give me a new perspective on what I eat. For one, I'm cooking more than eating out, to the surprise and joy of my best friend, whom I invite over after those little cooking sprees.
I also found that the tracker is even more useful if you enter the food before you eat it; I simply put in what I am planning to eat and then look at the totals. If they are off, I adjust the portions or items until the numbers are right. That way, I know what to eat and what's in it before I even pick up a fork. Afterwards, I adjust to the actual foods eaten.
I find that entering the foods beforehand is very motivating; for one, you know what you're getting, and it's also a great deterrent. If I know that I have to log back in and adjust what I've eaten, I'm much less likely to go back for seconds. It's just not worth the hassle to enter everything all over again.
If I keep using the tracker like this, I think it will make a huge difference in my overall health.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/2/2012 12:24PM

    I love the newest food tracker version, too. Using the food grouping feature is a Godsend.

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PATSYB7 11/29/2012 5:43AM

    Good for you! Tracking is key! I also plan out my food first and tweak portions to meet the calorie goals. Have a great day! emoticon

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81MSMITH1 11/28/2012 5:40PM

    The nutrition tracker is the reason I joined SparkPeople. It makes a huge difference seeing everything you have eaten turned into those numbers. emoticon

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-BENI- 11/28/2012 4:00PM

    Yay!! I love it too! I was surprised when I first started using it my salt intake! No wonder the ankles were always swollen.

Keep it up!! xo Beni

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ANNESYLVIA 11/28/2012 3:53PM

    Yes, the nutrition and fitness trackers are one of the most important features on SP for our healthy weight loss journey.

Keep tracking emoticon

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Lost just a little bit of weight - unintentionally!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The only weight I lost today were a few grams - my pedometer! It must have fallen off sometime this afternoon. Now I'm debating whether to get the same kind (clips on the belt) or a different type. I was just getting used to checking my daily steps, and I will definitely keep going, so I need to replace it. Any recommendations?

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SUSANBEAMON 11/28/2012 1:37PM

  I've had a few of the clip on your belt type. I haven't liked any one them. One refused to count anything less than a stomp, and two of them counted breathing. emoticon I'm looking fr one that attaches to your ankle.

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PATSYB7 11/28/2012 6:26AM

    I use a Fitbit which is pricey but the clip is very secure. I love how it tracks my sleep, too. It's also synced to SP! So I don't have to track my activity--it automatically links when I push just one button.

Have a great day! emoticon

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Workday = Workout

Monday, November 26, 2012

For the first time, I wore my pedometer to work, and I was surprised how many steps I took just teaching. I also spent about 10 minutes outside on the track walking - I would have stayed longer, but it was freezing today, so I walked around the school for the rest of my lunch break. Afterwards I went shopping with my best friend - nothing big, but we did walk around quite a bit, and I found a nice pair of workout pants for $8 at Ross. Total today: 8164 steps. Not bad. I'm well on my way to making the 10000 a day.
Right now, I'm not worried about cardio, strength, weights, equipment, or anything like that. All I'm trying to do is get into the habit of eating healthy foods and proper amounts, and be physically active every day. The step counter is one tool; timing my workouts is another. I want to walk or swim at least 5 days a week for at least 30 min. I simply need to get my endurance up and get so used to working out that I don't think twice about it.

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PATSYB7 11/27/2012 5:39AM

    Yay for you! You're on the right track. (no pun intended) Keep going! emoticon

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