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How can you safely lower your sugar levels
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Having lived with and worked with, and taught the handicapped of various degrees, I want to thoughtfully remind people that "willing" and "able" are not always what everyone is capable of achieving. I have friends who are not capable of being motivated but they are considered normal people. Some of this comes under the heading of bad habits that they are reluctant to change, and some people are unfortunately born handicapped. Everyone can succeed to some degree but for some it is a difficult battle and they are not able to do it alone. That is why Howard is reaching out to his cousin and both are to be respected for the degree that they can achieve. Howard realizes that sometimes it can't be done alone, and he is to be commended for his efforts. It is a tough job and no one is to be blamed for not achieving a high level of success. Sometimes It is what it is. I often pray for guidance. Dorisena
Well I went to doctor a1c is 12.1 my tri is is up
@Trelig132. This is a rather simplistic idea, but I am suggesting you might want to try it while you're learning. Three meals a day with each meal consisting of only 30 carbs and two snacks a day limited to 15 carbs each. If what you are eating does not list carbs, Google it to get the number. Unless there is some other reason for not consuming a particular food, like an allergy, you can eat as much non carbohydrate foods as you like. This idea is to get you started, but it's your responsibility to learn all you can. Hope this helps – it helped me get started.
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Thank for the advice Im down to do what I need to get me healthier I have 8 yrs old who need her father
That is extremely high. What did your doctor say? Did he/she alter any medications? Do you have other medical conditions that could be contributing to your diabetes? (You’re leaving out an awful lot of details.)
Well I'm also overweight diabetes runs deep in my family what else could be contributing to my diabetes. My doctor has just received my blood work so no we're going ova what the problem could be
There are other causes of high blood sugar in addition to diabetes, and several can bring it on. (I’m not a medical person so I may not have the correct terminology.) But being very overweight and with a strong family history could be the reason; I myself also have a strong family history of diabetes (in addition to hemochromatosis).
If you’re serious about doing something about it, get up and start being more active. Join a gym if you can afford it, treadmill walking, cycling, elliptical, rowing would all be good for you. Many are open 24 hours, so you can always fit it into your schedule.
Eat less than what you are currently eating (like about half). Even following a low carb diet is not enough if the volume of food is too much. Learn to eat a balanced diet with enough protein, taking a daily multi vitamin is a good idea.
Ask your doctor about testing, how many times per day, and follow the medication he prescribes. Elsewhere in this post are great dietary tips.
I wouldn’t worry about a weight loss diet at this point, as you will lose weight if you’re more active and eat less. You can have a healthy future if you are persistent at the above. Several people have told me I’m obsessed with details of diet, but I like the results.
Yes I've only just learned about this diagnosis from maybe abt a week an a half now so I'm still talking to my doctor on how to come up with an health plan to follow
Howard, I couldn't add anything to your advice and support for a beginning program for diabetes. We all need a buddy for support and that is the purpose of this site, to support each other and add small ideas for easy discipline and success. Thanks for being a buddy. Dorisena
I can seem to get mine down in the low 100 or lower
One handy reference calculator is found here:
If you go down a bit, you find a table to use to show roughly your meter readings and how it relates to your A1c. An A1c reading is what your doctor will use for a 3-month reading; a 6 to 6.5 is really good, a 7 is average, and the higher above 7 you go, the more your body takes a toll.
Use the calculator for awhile to get comfortable understanding the numbers, and see how you do. As a guide, someone without diabetes will fall into the 5.5 A1c range. (Sadly, those days are gone)
My cousins A1C has gone from 6.1 to 5.4 in the last 3 1/2 weeks. Is that possible?
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