A1c went up AGAIN

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4sons
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   Posted 7/25/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to a nutritionist today because I'm losing too much weight and she did an A1C on me ... it's up another point to 6.3 and she won't give me meds to bring it back down .. she says it's stress.

WHAT should I do?
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Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 7/25/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, Ruth. I'm sorry.  I don't know what you should do.  I guess we're trained to look to doctors for answers on how to deal with health issues.  Well, you saw a nutritionist.  How about your doctor? 

Lanie    :(


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following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 7/25/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Ruth
 
Does she think that stress is driving up your A1c- or driving up your blood glucose levels? An A1c of 6.3 implies that you're running an average of 137- I thought you were much lower than that.  Stress provokes adrenalin, cortisol and such which can drive up your bg- but if you are seeing lower levels all the time, it doesn't make sense that your A1c is up.
 
Is this the same place you always have your bloodwork done? If not, different machines vary in their accuracy, so it may not be much to worry about. The blood analyzer at my hospital lab broke down on Friday (I went for my blood draw on Saturday). Last night my doctor gave me the choice of having the blood sent to another lab, or wait for the repair and maybe have more blood drawn next week- she told me that my results could vary and she preferred to have it done in the same lab each time. I told her I was going to picket the lab for cruel and inhumane treatment of diabetic patients- but I am going to wait them out.
sandy
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4sons
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   Posted 7/25/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
No ... I am NOT seeing readings that high at all! But I don't test when I'm panicky. Maybe if I did that my readings would be higher. It doesn't make any sense to me either. It WAS a different test ... one of those hand held ones, not one from the lab.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 7/25/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Then, it's most probably the difference of the lab and test equipment.  This stress is adding to more stress for you.  Maybe it would be better for you not to even test yourself for awhile and just eat your diet that you know is good plus more calories to add some weight? 

Lanie


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


gelchick
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   Posted 7/25/2007 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie has a good point-
 
I know it's easy to say try to calm down and another thing to actually do it:-) I'll bet that hand-held instrument is about as accurate as our bg meters-lol I have serious doubts about panic sending you up enough to make your A1c budge. Just for giggles, why dont you take a reading when you're at your worst- I'll bet it's no where as high as you think.
 
My husband set his shirt on fire at Christmas  (he was in it at the time) and I had to rush him to the ER with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his back- while we were having a nasty snowstorm ( no plows out yet- icy roads)- I was seriously panicked- I was not in as good control as I am now either- my eyes were still blurring (and yes I was driving like that) and I only shot up by 20 points - and once I got home, I actually dropped to my lowest number ever at that point.
sending you smiles and hugs  yeah sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/26/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
In the mean time, Ruth, how are you doing with the added nuts and oils in your food plan? You could be munching on walnuts or almonds, black olives or macadamias on and off all day and it wouldn't hardly budge your blood glucose, be great for your HDL's and could start packing on the pounds.

I have found that instead of steaming some of my veggies I like them better thrown in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some fresh diced garlic. Mmmmmm! Toss them around in that and plop in a little water (teaspoon or so), cover and turn off the heat. Serve with a sprinkle of salt and you have a feast! My husband says that my fresh green beans are just a vehicle to get more olive oil and garlic into my life. tongue
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4sons
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   Posted 7/26/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, you guys. Yeah, I'm eating natural oils like nobody's business!!

It did dawn on me that the lab and the hand held MAY give different readings w/in a few points. I have a lab reading next month so we'll see ...
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/28/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ruth,

I agree that her readings may not be accurate. I have anxiety disorder, and I'm in the middle of a VERY stressful 12 week training at work right now (which is why I haven't been around very much during the weekdays... so tired... sad ). If stress makes our numbers go up that much, mine would be through the roof! I've been sticking to my diet faithfully, even at work, passing up the pizza and donuts they've given out. The only time my readings are a bit high is in the morning, because I'm too exhausted to have a snack before bed (I think confused ). I'll bet your reading at the doctor's will be much better...

(((Hugs))),

Bear


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/29/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear,
If you're tired at night you could munch a 'zone' bar or one of those 'balance' bars for your snack. I buy them at 'Big Lots' when they are close dated or out dated and they are about 25ยข each. Just a thought...
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/29/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie,
 
Thanks for the tip! I never thought of looking at Big Lots! Most of those bars are so expensive. I'll make sure to take a look, I have a Big Lots near my house. I bought some South Beach Diet bars at the grocery store... they are much cheaper than the specialty bars... They are 100 calories, 8 g of whole grain, 3 g fiber, 18 carbs, 4 g sugars, 3 g fat, no trans fat. The numbers looked pretty good to me, so I tried them. The ones I bought are Chocolate Delight, but they also have Chocolate Peanut Butter with the same numbers. They are pretty good... taste like a real treat. I've been having them for an afternoon snack at work. I got them free today with a coupon, so you can't beat that price tongue
 
Bear
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RNVEGAS
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   Posted 7/31/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I have been taking Byetta for about 2 weeks now. The nausea has gone........but boy oh boy........diarrhea and bloating like I've never experienced in my life. I've read that some of you suggest not mixing certain foods like protein and carbs and no grease or oils. Is this right? My appetite has disappeared. I have to force myself to eat something an hour after I take the Byetta. Haven't weighed myself but feel lighter. Any tips you might have on stopping this incredible diarrhea would be appreciated. Thanks RNVEGAS

slowcooker
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   Posted 7/31/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
To 4sons-- Last year i started losing weight and i have always weighed about 150, I have cystic fibrosis and have had diabetes for about 8 years and my A1C has been as high as 9.3 and as low as 7.
anyway, last year around march or april I had some new things happen to me and my weight started dropping and I spent a total of 83 days in the hospital throughout the year. Since then i have weighed between 135 and 139 and that is about as far as it goes.
I tried weight gain powder knowing that it had alot of carbs and found that it was to complicated to control my sugar. My lung function is not that good so that is a factor but it has been that way for a while and I was always able to maintain weight. I totally understand diet, metabolism and how different foods work but things are this way. ANYWAY-- a food suggestion: Whole oats with whey powder or some protein. Oats have a good glycemic value meaning they are not rapidly absorbed and protein is vital to life. The word PROTEIN means 'of first importance'. Use whole oats and don't cook them. just boil water and take off heat and add oats and they will puff up in 15 or 20 min.
You will learn a desireable ratio of oats to water to suit how tender or firm you like them.
With quick oats they break the grain so all the starch flows out and when heated you get a bowl of mush with the consistancy of glue with the flavor to match that is nasty when eatin cold or reheated. Whole oats are very cheap, very nutritious and are nearly a perfect food.

4sons
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Slowcooker ... I'd love to eat oats but they make my blood sugar rise too high! I've tried both quick, regular, and steel cut ... all with pretty much the same blood sugar rises.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/2/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ruth,
 
That's pretty much why I'm afraid to even try the oatmeal route. I go to the supermarket... look at all the cereal products, and keep on moving. I keep buying items that I know aren't going to mess up my BG levels. Although I KNOW  it's probably GOOD for my cholesterol, I don't even want to go there.
 
Bear
"It's a jungle out there....." 
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
OCD: Obsessive...Compulsive...Diabetic
 
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