It's been a while since I made a post to this board, but think Warren and/or Jeannie143 might remember me. I was the non-diabetic (male/71; 5'8" 145 lbs) who was worried about the readings on his 2005 annual physical report. I was advised not to test so often and enjoy life, which I have been attempting to do. I recently had my yearly (2006) physical and was surprised when the nurse read the findings over the telephone. She said my A1C was 5.9 (within the 4-6 range), but I noticed it was up from my previous report of 5.2. Since the 2005 report, I thought my next report would show a much lower A1C reading, because I had given up some foods that I had been eating, but found out were not well-balanced foods. Such as Eddys low fat/low sugar ice cream, which I ate almost every other day. I also gave up the small rice cakes that I ate daily (thinking they were healthy); also gave up daily large bowl of puffed-rice cereal (with banana) that I also thought was healthy. (Switched to AllBran with unsweetened Soy and few drops of Stevia.) Also gave up once-a-week Chinese food (peppers and steak). I never eat bread, potatoes, etc. Eat mostly ShadyBrook turkey and green vegetables about 3PM. At about 9 or 10PM I usually have a large lettuce salad with small tomatoes, 1/2 can tuna fish (water/low sodium,) 1/2 tbsp low-fat mayo and several tbsp of olive oil. Dannon carb and sugar control with a little redi-whip on it; maybe two a day and some unsalted peanuts and grapefruit as snacks. I now drink diet 7Up (sweetened with Splenda) instead of regular diet soda. I walk at least 2 miles every day.
I was also told my Glucose was a little high at 103. Last year it was 111, but the range at that time was 65-109. This year they told me the lab now has a range of 65-99. (Nurse said not to worry about the 103 as my A1C was still within range.) My cholesterold was 217; which went up a bit. HDL was 90 (range 40-59) which also went up a bit - and 69 in 2005 (range 30-70 then). Don't know if HDL can go too high or whether 90 is TOO high. The Chol/HDL Ratio was 2.4. (My friend said if cholesterol is a bit high [in older persons], it is okay as long as HDL is also high. But bad if cholesterol is a bit high and LDL is quite high.) Triglycerides - 63. LDL - 104. PSA - 1.95.
Usually when I took a fasting test at home, the readings were always about 85-95. If I try a different food, I always take a BS reading 90 (120) minutes later and result is usually about 120-130.
My friend, who is 75 and has been Type 1 for forty years (recent open heart surgery) just said not to worry about it (the 5.9). He said every year that you get older several of your readings will tend to rise and he also said when you go to a doctor's office you tend to be on the nervous side. He also said that 5.9 is still within the range; so, don't worry about it.
But I am quite worried about the A1C going up to 5.9 (from 5.2) after giving up the Eddys, rice cakes, puffed rice, Chinese food, etc. I thought the reading would be much, much lower.
Why, when eating the Eddys, rice cakes, puffed rice, Chinese food, etc, my A1C would be 5.2; and then, after giving all those things up - why my A1C would be 5.9? Even though my BS went from 111 (2005) to 103 (2006). Most of my previous year's Glucose was always a bit high, but this year's 103 was the lowest.
Sorry for the long post but I have no one here to talk to and writing does relieve a bit of stress. And guess I am looking for a bit of assurance. And recent visits to urologist haven't helped calm things down.
Bob (long term worrier)
(Just an aside - while the nurse was drawing blood, she put some of the blood on a strip which was in a small (black) monitor, similar to my Contour, but black. A minute or so later she said is was 121 or normal. I told her I always got 85-95 at home when doing a fasting test. She then went on to explain that this was a different machine, whatever that meant. Even though that said 121, the test from lab (as I said) had 103. I don't know what the 121 was. Maybe it is a different machine or maybe it was because I was nervous, rushing, etc.)
I think I understand now, after you say: "The nurse was drawing veinous blood which is different than capillary blood, that's part of it." The nurse was taking blood from the vein in the (inside) middle of my arm and that is "Veinous" blood. The drop I take from my finger is "capillary" blood. So there is a difference there. But wonder what she meant by saying 121 was normal, unless the small 'black' meter she was using was indeed, different than my home Contour, where I usually get 85-95 for fasting.
Oh, so confusing, all of this. Or maybe it is just me, a nervous person. (I didn't know what I might have done wrong in the past year to cause the A1C to go from 5.2 to 5.9.)
Your "I'll write more when I have time." I know how busy you are with the this board, business, family, etc., so don't put anything more important aside to answer. But I will wait for you to "write more when I have time." Just kidding, but I do value you knowledgeable answer so very much and always look forward to your answers. Your short reply made me feel so much better than I have been feeling since I received the results. (To tell you the truth, I had to rush to the doctor's office to get a copy of the lab report, so I could compare it with previous year's reports.) Your future posts will be most welcome, as you know already.
Thank you, my friend, ....Bob
Just a short note before I go offline. Will try my best to answer...
Now, my questions:Are you on any statins? (Lipitor, Crestor, those things?) I don't take any cholesterol medication? (I never have been diagnosed as diabetic or needing cholesterol medication. I did begin talking Flomax in April 2006. Also, have been taking anti-depressant for 9 years.)Are you taking any flax seed oil or fish oil? NoDo you eat any red meat? NoDo you eat any sausage, bacon or similar high fat meat? NoDo you eat butter? NoDo you cook with olive or peanut oil? NoDo you do any regular exercise like walking or swimming? I walk 2 miles a dayDo you eat fresh fruit, fresh veggies or mostly canned? Grapefruit and mainly fresh romain lettuce. I do not eat bread.
I am 5'8" and weigh 145 lbs. (Taught martial arts for many years before retiring at 60.)
Post Edited (Robert2) : 10/11/2006 8:52:16 PM (GMT-6)
It's really nice to hear from you again!
stress makes your blood sugars go up (or sometimes down
Post Edited (Robert2) : 10/16/2006 6:03:53 PM (GMT-6)