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Usually I Really Dislike Endocrinologist Visits

Friday, April 25, 2008

But this week I had my first Endo visit since beginning to exercise and eat a little better and I was looking forward to it. As mentioned before in blogs and posts, one of my main motivations is better diabetes control.

In the past I have had a problem keeping my blood sugars at an acceptable level. Well, I saw that change over the past several months. I knew that my daily readings had improved greatly, but what I really wanted to know was how much my A1C levels had changed. I'm not exactly sure what is involved in an A1C reading, but I do know that it is an indication of your Blood Glucose levels over the past 3 months and the number is a percentage that relates to levels of sugar in your blood. A non-diabetic has A1C levels in the 4's and 5's. Doctor's like to see diabetics with a number under 7. I typically had a number in the upper 7's to mid 8's, my previous reading being 7.8.

My doctor wanted me in the 6's, giving me a target of 6.5. Well, I got the results of my blood labs back this week and my A1C was . . . a . . .

6.8!! emoticon

I was really hoping for that 6.5 or less, but my doctor said that in the time since my previous appointment a drop of 1% was about as good as I could have done. I guess I'll just have to keep it up and get down to 6 by August, my next appointment.

Of course I had my weight taken and officially, per their scale, I've lost 13 lbs. since my last visit. However, that was with shoes and full pockets. I did check after my appointment on the same scale but this time shoeless and with empty pockets. The weight that was closer to my last home weigh in: 118. This was a little discouraging since I was hoping to have lost a few pounds over the past three week (I check my weight once a month around the last Sat.). I'm hoping that the reason is one of the following:

1. Different scale. This weekend I will weigh myself on the scale that I am using for regular tracking and see what it says.

2. I'm beginning to gain some muscle mass and while I'm losing fat, that loss isn't necessarily being reflected in my wt. because of it.

3. I've hit my first plateau and I just need to keep up with what I'm doing and push through.
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