Great a1c results!

By dagger1234 Latest Reply 2017-09-06 09:33:25 -0500
Started 2014-03-02 15:58:06 -0600

5.5! I think I started at 10/11. I am really happy and looking toward a healthier living!!!

77 replies

johio 2015-09-21 21:43:22 -0500 Report

congrats. my last one from last week was 5.7. I expect my internist was happy and the medical system computer is happier, since it kept pointing out I was due/overdue for a1c. Mentioned it to my nephrologist, who laughed and then ordered a1c with all the usual tests he orders.I am most happy that all those other test showed no real change in the status quo. Boring is good news. Nothing is worse. As for the low a1c, I credit meds. Actos is doing what it is supposed to do.

Gina_O 2015-06-23 14:28:44 -0500 Report

I just found this post - thank you so much for sharing. Gives me HOPE!
Was diagnosed 3 months ago, A1c @ 6.5, and was tested again yesterday - Results now 6.1.
The last 3 months have been a roller coaster ride - so stressful - not knowing if I was doing anything right. Now I know I am and because of you, I know that it can get even better :)
Thank you!!

Sapphire24 2015-03-22 14:15:42 -0500 Report

oh wow, just catching your posts. You sound like you are doing fantastic! Congrats, you have come a long way!

handmashed 2015-02-04 17:49:36 -0600 Report

SO VERY AMAZING!!! I am on that same path, and sometimes I get so worried that I will never be out of the woods. Your story of success helps me stoke the fires of my fight. Thank you so much… Be well!!

IamBubbely 2014-08-20 14:57:36 -0500 Report

I have done the same. It is hard and you must be very disciplined…but it is not impossible. We are living proof. Keep up the GREAT work. BLESSINGS ▒

imjohn 2014-08-11 17:24:24 -0500 Report

What did you do to lower A1c? What is your recent one?

IamBubbely 2014-08-20 15:04:09 -0500 Report

Eat the right foods..exercise. I have been making my own bread, ice cream and other goodies with my sugar substitutes and I have lost 39 pounds. My a1C has gone from 8 to 5. I am no longer depressed or anxious. I myself, really had a rough time dealing with this disease when 1st diagnosed. I made up my mind that I would beat it and I did. Also while concentrating on lowering my A1C ..I also helped my HBP and high cholesterol. NO MORE PILLS FOR ME…YOU CAN DO IT TOO…BLESSINGS!

dagger1234 2014-03-06 15:01:06 -0600 Report

And besides, I wasn't a 5.0. Mine was a 5.5, nearly a 6.

tabby9146 2014-03-07 09:31:53 -0600 Report

that is great. I too am striving for even better A1C. I have definitely had a little envy and I just go on my merry way. :-)

IronOre 2014-03-06 15:19:29 -0600 Report

Yes, 5.5, sorry about that.

dagger1234 2014-03-07 20:03:32 -0600 Report

Sorry about what exactly? I thought it was rude you got mad people were congratulating me about a good a1c result..I would also like to day sorry for attacking you too but it hurted my feelings. All good though

dagger1234 2014-03-06 14:59:47 -0600 Report

I sense some hostility or envy. Lol…anyways, How is a 5.0 dangerous? The cut off to having a good a1c ..according to this site:

It's perfectly fine. My doctor even added in a note with my results, that they were good. So coming from a professionals note, I shouldn't and would really care what you think. I would understand if I had bad a1c results and people praised me but it wasn't the case, was it? Work on yours and then I'll have something to praise you about.

jayabee52 2014-03-07 11:14:14 -0600 Report

Iron's assertion is that anything below 7.0 is dangerous. I remember reading something like that from a few years ago that below 7.0 puts one in danger of heart attacks or stroke or some such trouble. That seems to have changed recently because according to ADA's "2013 Standards of medical care": " . . . selected individual patients, especially those with little comorbidity and long life expectancy (who may reap the benefits of further lowering of glycemia below 7%), may, based on provider judgment and patient preferences, adopt more intensive glycemic targets (e.g., an A1C target <6.5%) as long as significant hypoglycemia does not become a barrier. " Of course I am "cherry picking" quotes but here is something Iron may focus on: "Given the substantially increased risk of hypoglycemia (particularly in those with type 1 diabetes, but also in the recent type 2 diabetes trials), the concerning mortality findings in the ACCORD trial (91), and the relatively much greater effort required to achieve near-normoglycemia, the risks of lower glycemic targets may outweigh the potential benefits on microvascular complications on a population level" both quotes from ~
Of course such papers are written by committee and that why they seem so convoluted - because they are a result of politicical manuvering for viewpoints to be included.

God's best to you

IronOre 2014-03-06 15:22:59 -0600 Report

Why is it dangerous? because of the lows that you said you had.
No hostillity or envy here. I'd be dead (or very low on energy) if I had numbers as low as you.
Why kind of doctor do you have?
So what did you want to emphasize in the article? It really doesn't say what is a good reading for a diabetic

tabby9146 2014-03-05 10:47:46 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about the lows. I do not have those, and mine stays at around 5.3 - 5.4 for 5 years now. Keep up the good work! work on those lows. it is very possible to have a great A1C like that frequently and not because of lows. especially if caught early and you are eating right and exercising

dagger1234 2014-03-06 14:53:40 -0600 Report

Most of my lows were from taking insulin when I was first diagnosed. I no longer taken insulin and rarely get lows now except from what I've mentioned: before and after exercising or before bed.

IronOre 2014-03-03 14:32:16 -0600 Report

Are you T1 or T2?
I see from the discussions below that you have had some lows, not good.
As far as I am concerned 5.0 is dangerous, and I am not sure why everybody below is telling you that you did a great job.
Maybe someone can explain that to me.

jayabee52 2014-03-07 10:40:33 -0600 Report

since you are T1 and you base your thinking on the ADA statement that 7.0 is OK for you, it should be OK for everyone, even T2s. That is balderdash, Iron, Since dagger is T2 (I believe) that 5.5 is in my estimation good. As a T2, I maintained a 5.5 for quite a while myself. Right now I am in the low 6s A1c due to the way I need to eat for my dialysis.

As long as we T2s can maintain as low as possible A1c without going into hypos we reduce the chances of serious complications.

From the Mayo clinic: "For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1C level of 7 percent OR LESS (emphasis supplied) is a common treatment target" ~ They didn't say less than 7% is dangerous they said it is a "common treatment target". Unless of course you are accusing Dr's all over the nation of homicidal intent.

God's best to you!


IronOre 2014-03-07 10:48:01 -0600 Report

Right above I asked if she was T1 or T2, so yes I know there are differnces.
7.0 OR LESS is total hogwash. You can tell the Mayo clinic that I said so. There is a point when LESS is too little.
Maybe get a doctor from the Mayo clinic on here to support the statement that is on that web page.
She did mention that she did have hypos and that is very dangerous.

jayabee52 2014-03-07 14:28:23 -0600 Report

How about your favored ADA? Do they pass out hogwast as well? In their "2013 standards of care statement" they wrote: " . . . .selected individual patients, especially those with little comorbidity and long life expectancy (who may reap the benefits of further lowering of glycemia below 7%), may, based on provider judgment and patient preferences, adopt more intensive glycemic targets (e.g., an A1C target <6.5%) as long as significant hypoglycemia does not become a barrier." So unless you wish to get out your hogwash brush and paint the ADA with it,

Have you ever asked the experts from Joslin about this issue? That might be interesting. I do agree with you that at some point, less is too little.

dagger1234 2014-03-07 10:42:04 -0600 Report

Yes, I am a type 2. Thanks for helping clarifying this. As noted I am newly diagnosed. I just know that 5.5 is good for a result and I felt bashed and offended so sorry to anyone who I offended.

jayabee52 2014-03-07 10:57:57 -0600 Report

You didn't offend anyone dagger. Iron means well, (I think), he just has an unusual way of expressing it!

Carla48 2014-03-03 07:46:05 -0600 Report

Today is my day to get working on consistency in my daily BS. 1/2 a pack of Belvita biscuits and a cup of greek yogurt this morning-pretty tasty! I need to really clean up my diet.

Vigneswari 2014-03-03 01:58:26 -0600 Report

Hi…good to know your A1C. I too got my A1c a fortnight ago and it was 5.7. I was happy as I got that with minimal lows. My diabetes started 5/13 with 12.5 as A1c thwn with 8.1. I informed my results to my doc n she asked me whether i had too many lows. She said this would be posiible only when u have too many lows.

dagger1234 2014-03-03 09:21:56 -0600 Report

I've had a lot of lows but not enough to affect it as much

WASHED OUT 2016-02-18 21:11:06 -0600 Report

Lows can sneak up on you, you can be lights out before you realize it. It takes glucose to power all the cells in our body's, without that power people don't come back. Be very careful of lows, try to stay above 70. Great job on getting your hbA1C down, but watch those lows.

Glucerna 2014-03-03 22:14:55 -0600 Report

Congratulations on all your hard work. Keep working on figuring out what you can do to prevent the lows and you're going to continue to feel really good. ~Lynn @Glucerna

dagger1234 2014-03-02 22:50:22 -0600 Report

Thank you all again. I would just like to remind you all, it's my first a1c…hoping to see better results as I get used to handling everything!

locarb 2014-03-02 17:00:24 -0600 Report

That's so great. I remember you were having such difficulty. I hope your results inspire others.

mjhorgan 2014-03-02 16:56:47 -0600 Report

Wow congratulations, that's great news. Have you had any major lows with keeping your BG level so tight?

dagger1234 2014-03-02 17:16:28 -0600 Report

I still get lows. It' usually happens when before I go to bed. If I get too shaky and can't stand it. I'll test and eat something before I go to bed. Or sometimes after exercising.

jigsaw 2014-03-02 16:13:21 -0600 Report

That's impressive! Great job and congratulations!!!

dagger1234 2014-03-02 16:15:11 -0600 Report

I thought was gonna be a 5.0 but was close enough. This just gives me more motivation and determination to do even better.

Thanks to you all who was there for me from day one.