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Old 05-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Type 2 and A1c question

What is the lowest A1c anyone has had having type 2? My A1c went from 9 to 6.5 since December. Doctor said I didn't need to go much lower. I was shooting for 5. Is this reasonable?
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your A1C, that is great! I think it can go lower, mine went from 12 to 6 from July to november, my guess it is lower now, that was before I went very low carb. Keep up the great work and the numbers should take care of themselves.
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hi! congrats on the lower number, but you are right not to be satisfied. I have never gotten as low as 5; 5.4 was my standard for awhile, now it seems up a bit, but still well under 6. That should be your limit--keeping it under 6 for sure. That standard of 7 or less for diabetics is just wrong. There are still problems at that level.

However, now that I think about it, Jenny at BloodSugar101 says that high post prandial readings are the bigger problems, not A1c per se. try to keep it under 140 at all times, if possible.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone. My morning sugars are the high ones. This morning 149. Later in the day ususally 90-115. I definetly try to keep it under 140. I limit carbs to 20 or less. I do still have some bad days but, I won't give up

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Thanks everyone. My morning sugars are the high ones. This morning 149. Later in the day ususally 90-115. I definetly try to keep it under 140. I limit carbs to 20 or less. I do still have some bad days but, I won't give up

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Look into the "Dawn Phenomenon". There may be some ways to combat high morning blood glucose, but I think it is pretty common on an LC way of eating. Getting A1C under 6 would be good if you can. have you read Dr. Bernsteins books? They are great for diabetics: Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution and The Diabetes Diet. He also has a good website.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #6
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Yes I have the book and have read some of it not all. I will lokk at the website. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:41 PM   #7
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A lot of tricks to help with this dawn effect arn't low carb friendly. A SMALL glass of
dry red wine at bedtime, a small green apple , some slow starch, a small protein snack
at bed time and finaly one low carb one 2 tablespoons of vinigar in a cup of water. Of all these the wine works best.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:44 AM   #8
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I went from a dx A1C of 12.2% to 5%. It took 6 months to do that. My last test I was 5.1%.

I have to keep my carbs around 30-ish a day to achieve this number, and my post-meal numbers almost never go above 95 or so. My goal is to be "non-diabetic," so I'm willing to do what I have to to be that.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:28 AM   #9
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My hubby's last A1c a few weeks ago was 5.8. My best friend just had her's done recently and she's in real good control. Her last was 4.8 which is pretty amazing.
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