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Old 12-06-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
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A1C!

After 8 weeks of low carbing, my A1C dropped from an 8.0 to a 6.4. I actually think my BS are in the normal range now, because that is based on a 12-week average. Yay! I know I have to do low carb for life, but this takes such a worry off of me knowing that I can control it, at least for a while, with diet and exercise.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:48 AM   #2
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Excellent drop! Here are some A1C numbers and how they correlate to BG:

Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and Blood Glucose (BG) Equivalents

HbA1c BG
5.0 = 90
5.1 = 93
5.2 = 96
5.3 = 99
5.4 = 102
5.5 = 105
5.6 = 108
5.7 = 111
5.8 = 114
5.9 = 117
6.0 = 120
6.1 = 123
6.2 = 126
6.3 = 129
6.4 = 132
6.5 = 135
6.6 = 138
6.7 = 141
6.8 = 144
6.9 = 147
7.0 = 150
7.1 = 153
7.2 = 156
7.3 = 159
7.4 = 162
7.5 = 165
7.6 = 168
7.7 = 171
HbA1c BG
7.8 = 174
7.9 = 177
8.0 = 180
8.1 = 183
8.2 = 186
8.3 = 189
8.4 = 192
8.5 = 195
8.6 = 198
8.7 = 201
8.8 = 204
8.9 = 207
9.0 = 210
9.1 = 213
9.2 = 216
9.3 = 219
9.4 = 222
9.5 = 225
9.6 = 228
9.7 = 231
9.8 = 234
9.9 = 237
10.0 = 240
10.1 = 243
10.2 = 246
10.3 = 249
10.4 = 252
10.5 = 255
HbA1c BG
10.6 = 258
10.7 = 261
10.8 = 264
10.9 = 267
11.0 = 270
11.1 = 273
11.2 = 276
11.3 = 279
11.4 = 282
11.5 = 285
11.6 = 288
11.7 = 291
11.8 = 294
11.9 = 297
12.0 = 300
12.1 = 303
12.2 = 306
12.3 = 309
12.4 = 312
12.5 = 315
12.6 = 318
12.7 = 321
12.8 = 324
12.9 = 327
13.0 = 330
13.1 = 333
13.2 = 336
13.3 = 339
HbA1c BG
13.4 = 342
13.5 = 345
13.6 = 348
13.7 = 351
13.8 = 354
13.9 = 357
14.0 = 360
14.1 = 363
14.2 = 366
14.3 = 369
14.4 = 372
14.5 = 375
14.6 = 378
14.7 = 381
14.8 = 384
14.9 = 387
15.0 = 390
15.1 = 393
15.2 = 396
15.3 = 399
15.4 = 402
15.5 = 405
15.6 = 408
15.7 = 411
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:23 AM   #3
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After 8 weeks of low carbing, my A1C dropped from an 8.0 to a 6.4. I actually think my BS are in the normal range now, because that is based on a 12-week average. Yay! I know I have to do low carb for life, but this takes such a worry off of me knowing that I can control it, at least for a while, with diet and exercise.
Wow, that's very impressive! I'm a big believer in the healing power of low-carb. I hope that you will be able to control it with diet and exercise for many, many years to come!
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Thanks. I am really happy with that drop in just two months. The chart is very helpful. I am going to copy and save so I have it for reference.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:54 AM   #5
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Just think what it's going to be in another 4-6 months! I was actually looking for a different chart that wasn't a long column but I couldn't find it. Sorry for the length of it.

If you do a web search for Printable Diabetes Chart, it should be the first on on the list.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
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That's a great improvement!

My starting A1C was 12.2%, and at last check it was 5.0%. I am LC, but also on Metformin. Keep up the great work!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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Wow, Vilya! That is amazing. Gives me a lot of hope and motivation to stick with it. I go see my doc tomorrow to weigh in and just check-in. He wants to keep me off meds as long as possible. I'm only 43, so I may need to go on them at some point in my life, but the longer I can control with diet, the happier I will be. I hate taking any type of medication, but the Metformin drug does seem to be a very good one, so when or if the time comes I won't be scared to take it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #8
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Congratulations!!!! I'm another piece of evidence that low carb works! My A1C was 10.7, and in 3 months, it dropped to 5.8. Of course, I kept up with every bite, etc, that I ate or drank. I stopped doing a food diary and my BG levels rose some (never higher than 148) so I am keeping a food diary again.

Keep up the good work! So proud of you! Dianne
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Congratulations!

That's very encouraging news!

I'm hoping for similar results in a couple of months. Congrats!!

And the chart provided is extremely helpful as well...Thank you!
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:36 AM   #10
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T-bird, hope you get good results. Thanks, everyone, I appreciate all the encouragement. Trying to do better about exercise, but my weight is still dropping slowly. Doctor is fine with me doing low-carb, but worried I might be losing too fast because he doesn't want to struggle and possibly regain. I just smiled at him. My loss has slowed a lot now anyway. Those first too weeks upped my weekly average. I lose about 1 or 2 pounds a week, which is what he recommended and I'm fairly happy with that rate.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:45 AM   #11
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Congratulations! That is fantastic! I haven't gone to get checked yet since I started DM. My A1C was 12 when I found out I was diabetic last July/August. I cut out most carbs at that time because I was very scared. 2 Months later it was 8, two more months it was 6. I started DM 12/26/13, I'm assuming it is lower now, just need to get in. You guys are doing fantastic, do you know how your cholesterol is doing? I was 43 when diagnosed as well, was on metformin for awhile, my doctor let me go off of that, I don't like meds either. I have a lot of hope now that we can control this with diet and exercise, hopefully for many years.
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Hi folks. This is my first post here. FYI you can find a online conversion calculator for BG at diabetesforums.

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Old 03-06-2013, 01:05 PM   #13
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Welcome Tx Clint!
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