Blood Sugar Levels: How to safely lower your sugar levels

Posted by trellg132 @trellg132, Oct 3, 2020

A doctor will only test your A1c every 3-4 months, not weeks. (There are other commercial tests available but not as accurate.) Insurance pays only for A1c testing every 3-4 months.

I believe an accurate A1c reading of 6.1 is in a pre-diabetes, not actual diabetes, usually controlled by lifestyle changes (exercise, eating appropriate foods, etc) and not usually with medication. The numbers you mentioned are what someone with long-time diabetes would long for but rarely if ever reach.

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Is the A1c test report from a blood test the doctor did or from the testing device which shows a "range" ? I would think a person whose test numbers have dropped in three weeks is very hungry and has run many miles to work it off. A test number of 5.4 shows the person does not have diabetes or is starving themselves of carbs and/or exercising quite a bit. Test machines do not cure anything. Changing your eating habits makes the numbers change. Dorisena

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@jakedduck1

@howardm
@dorisena
My cousins A1C has gone from 6.1 to 5.4 in the last 3 1/2 weeks. Is that possible?
Thank you,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 Hi Leonard,

I just noticed your post about your cousin's A1C fluctuating a great deal in just 3 1/2 weeks. As @howardm posted, A1C shows blood sugar levels over the past 3 months, therefore it seems highly unlikely that a doctor would test it again in 3 1/2 weeks. Here is an article from Mayo Clinic's website regarding the A1C test,
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/about/pac-20384643.
Here also is a quote from that article that you might find helpful: "The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications."

I'm wondering if your cousin had these A1C checks done at a doctor's office or hospital or if it represented some home testing? Also, wondering if your cousin has Type I or Type II diabetes?

These could all be factors in the fluctuating levels.

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@jakedduck1 Hi Leonard,

I just noticed your post about your cousin's A1C fluctuating a great deal in just 3 1/2 weeks. As @howardm posted, A1C shows blood sugar levels over the past 3 months, therefore it seems highly unlikely that a doctor would test it again in 3 1/2 weeks. Here is an article from Mayo Clinic's website regarding the A1C test,
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/about/pac-20384643.
Here also is a quote from that article that you might find helpful: "The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications."

I'm wondering if your cousin had these A1C checks done at a doctor's office or hospital or if it represented some home testing? Also, wondering if your cousin has Type I or Type II diabetes?

These could all be factors in the fluctuating levels.

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I forgot to take my one Metformin pill last night and my blood test this morning is five points higher than yesterday at 125. That means the pill is not making much of a difference. Yesterday I ate four dried apricot halves and they are yummy but but quite sweet. I love them.
My doctor only tests my A1c a couple times a year, and I have to remind him that it needs to be checked. I am not exercising enough as I have been doing some inside projects and I haven't been out and about. Granddaughter wants to bake cookies Friday. Dorisena

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@dorisena

I forgot to take my one Metformin pill last night and my blood test this morning is five points higher than yesterday at 125. That means the pill is not making much of a difference. Yesterday I ate four dried apricot halves and they are yummy but but quite sweet. I love them.
My doctor only tests my A1c a couple times a year, and I have to remind him that it needs to be checked. I am not exercising enough as I have been doing some inside projects and I haven't been out and about. Granddaughter wants to bake cookies Friday. Dorisena

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Taking metformin has gotten mine down in the 1 hundreds havent seen a 2 hundreds in a while also bought a exercise bike

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A nurse told me that being regularly over 200 is a concern, so if we stay in the 100's, I am not so fearful of long term damage. My son's doctor said a person could take as many as four Metformin a day, with meals, but I am only taking one at night and doing pretty well. Diet makes the most difference. Dorisena

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I find the glycemic index the most useful for controlling carbs. The closer to the 100 is a high load. I try to avoid foods with over a 50 glycemic I Dei and eat mostly below 50 GI I have posted a sample page from the app. Check out this app! It's really helpful.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1087424868

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@jdiakiw

I find the glycemic index the most useful for controlling carbs. The closer to the 100 is a high load. I try to avoid foods with over a 50 glycemic I Dei and eat mostly below 50 GI I have posted a sample page from the app. Check out this app! It's really helpful.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1087424868

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Hi @jdiakiw, I wanted to let you know that I moved your comment over to the blood sugar levels discussion because I think the information that you provided is very useful to others that are struggling. How are you enjoying the app since having it for a little while?

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I find it very helpful eg that brown rice is much better than white from an insulin reaction point of view

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