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11/7/12 11:37 A

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my A1C is about 5 but before travelling it went up to 7.3 but my diabetes DR said its OK as I had an infection at that time lets see what happens once I go home

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11/6/12 12:33 A

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I saw this too... and you know something? It changes just about every year! LOL Actually, I was talking to my Primary Care Physician today, and she told me that the A1C is being used more to determine the estimated daily blood glucose levels than as a number by itself, and it does rather make more sense if we correlate that with the meters we use at home... She told me to check out the ADA's reports, too, since there are so many different points of view on the subject... Smart lady... lol

Here's what I found:

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Every doctor I've ever had says that "normal" daily glucose levels are between 80 and 120, and that would make "normal" A1C between around 4.5 to 5.8 or so... And being a diabetic means that even with a lower daily startiing point, yours will go higher for longer because the system malfunctions... so kind of looks like we're all on the same page, huh. LOL

I'll be happy to get my numbers down to around 5.8, which is my goal-- I dare not go further than that because I crash so easy... and because of that kidney issue, I have to find a way to do it without cutting the carbs too far.

Everyone has their own challenges... thanks for pointing out some options!

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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11/2/12 12:21 P

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thanks for posting about Aic levels

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11/1/12 5:18 P

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Here is an article from the Mayo clinic that explains how to interpret H A1c levels. The key is early diagnoses, because that way the numbers are easier and faster to reverse.

www.mayoclinic.com/health/a1c-test/M
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There are many other places on the internet with the same info. Doctors may not have the motivation to let their patients know early because many make money from selling diabetes supplies and seeing diabetic patients, also they may get kickbacks from drug companies.

Better to be on the safe side if it's so easy to do as cutting carbs.
My doctor told me today that she expects my levels to be under (far under) 5.7 at my next test in 2 months as long as my carbs stay under 50 grams/day and many people can probably go higher than that, allowing for a very balanced diet.
Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 11/1/2012 (17:20)
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11/1/12 7:42 A

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Didn't used to have a "pre-diabetic" category... back when I was diagnosed, you either were or you weren't and that was that. If you got "close" it was just the early stages...

...funny that before I logged on here I was just looking up those A1C stats... I didn't realize that to be diagnosed with diabetes, it's commonly accepted that you have to have a consistent A1C level at 6.5 or higher! Mine dropped to 6.4 three months ago (a LOT of hard work! LOL) and it's still there--just tested this week again... and HOUNDLOVER, 5.9 is NOT considered high by most doctors, so I was surprised that you were concerned about it... all doctors are people too with their own opinions, and you're right to stick with what yours wants for you--if you trust where he/she is going with it, then that's great-- and congrats on the great numbers!

Mine doesn't want control that tight because I tend to bottom out, which would be worse if it starts down as far as it would have to be for that A1C.

In fact, it's a bit after 4 am here and the reason I am up doing this is because I woke up with my blood sugar levels too low. I couldn't see very well to even do the test, so I knew it was pretty bad--it affects my vision. I started eating glucose tablets before I even did the testing... and when I did see the testing results, it was 49... twenty plus years at this and still learning! LOL

I do agree that this team is a great place to learn more about living with diabetes--after all, who better to learn from than people who are doing it? LOL

We all have a unique experience of life, and it is really helpful to be able to learn from others' experiences and pick and choose and experiment to make our own a bit more liveable...

Welcome aboard!

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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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10/21/12 7:58 P

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welcome we are almost the age & am not too active but hope to change it around

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10/18/12 4:54 P

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Welcome! Lots of things you can do to get halthier. And for sure you're on the right path being part of this group. LOTS of information to gather.

Be sure you get back on the exercise bandwagon. That's a must. If you need to, be sure you get a referral form your Dr. to a diabetic educator. Of course, ask questions here, too.

Glad that your Dr. is helping you take the bull by the horns and get healthier.

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10/18/12 7:06 A

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You are fortunate that your doctor wants you to take action. This is a great site for information and support. Best wishes. emoticon

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10/18/12 1:43 A

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Welcome to the team, after today go to the sign in link and you will be able to see a large portion of the active team there. I have only been here since August but the team has been very supportive of me and I have gotten lots of help. We look forward to getting to know you, have a great Spark day.
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10/18/12 12:30 A

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I also found out very recently that my H A1c is too high, at 5.9
I am on an ultra-low carb diet (was on moderately low-carb before) and know that this will correct the problem plus help me lose a few more pounds.
You are lucky to have a doctor who warns you early that you need to be concerned. Some doctors will only say something when it's bad enough to start taking medication.
You can most likely turn this around completely just by lowering your carbs.
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10/17/12 11:14 P

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Thank you Darlene. I am going to start a log first thing in the morning.


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10/17/12 11:11 P

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Welcome to the team. Start out by recording everything you eat. There is a lot of information on the site for diabetics. We are all here to help you whenever possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Good luck with your healthy lifestyle challenge.

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10/17/12 9:57 P

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Hello everyone on this group. I have been part of Sparkspeople for the past few years but not real active. Last week I had some bloodwork done in prep for my yearly physical and it has come back not so good. High Cholesterol and pre-diabetic.
My mother was a diabetic and on insulin for a number of years. It runs in our family.
I am almost 71. I have been inactive and do a lot of sitting. Not good.
my A1C is 6.0. I know for many of you that is great. But the doctor feels I need to be very careful now.
I need encouragement and suggestions, recipes, just plain ol help!
rejoicingmom

ps. WOW I just saw my weight ticker and wished I was still that weight. I weigh 191 now.

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