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Old 12-23-2011, 09:17   #1
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So, got my hands on my results today and, to be frank, I am sorely disappointed.

I have been doing the LCHF woe strictly since March 2011, I exercise a minimum of 5 days a week, stopped smoking in January, don't drink and yet I still have not got my HbA1c under 6.0 - today's result. I can't try any harder - I am so gutted. I was so sure I was going to be there this time.

Needless to say the doctor gave me short thrift too when I didn't jump up and down in delight. Definitely, no help coming from that direction to get into the 5s.


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HbA1C 6.2%/1FCC 44

HBA1C 8.1% dx Jan 2011 Weight 153lb
HBA1C 7.0% 16.03.2011
HbA1C 6.3% (45) 21.07.2011
HbA1C 6.0%/1FCC 42 20.12.2011
HbA1C 5.5% /1FCC 37 12.7.2012
HbA1C 5.8%/1FCC 40 05/2013
HbA1C 6.0%/1FCC 42 05/2014
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I am so sorry for your disappointment 6 is still a great result, what was your previous A1C?
I know how hard it is to do your best & give it all you've got but not get the result you were hoping for
Didn't you go through a period of high FBG's ?
Also who knows what's happening while we are asleep or just between meals when we're not testing
I'm sure the changes & sacrifices you've made have been beneficial to your health, you may not be seeing that right now but I'm sure it's paying off & you Will see those benefits down the track
Please don't be disheartened just keep testing & checking your log & keep going
Good luck & lots of hugs

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Well Clea, for what little it's worth . . . "snap". I was hoping to get into the 5% club last time too, but here I am hung up at 6 also. All we can do is the best we can do, so I just keep eating my low carb & high fats - trying to keep plenty of fluids going in and kicking myself in the pants to exercise. Whatever has snagged us has gotta give way eventually, right?! You hacked that number down a long ways already, so it'll have to drop some more with time.

Stay the course - we'll have to keep each other strong here.




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As you might know some of us are "high glycators". We make higher amounts of glucose from the carbs in the system. Then again there are peaks in our 24 hr BG profile that we might completely miss. I can understand the agony of missing personal goals when a lot of passion is involved. But - Congrats on getting 6.0
In my opinion it is a great number. There is nothing that a 5.7 can guarantee which the 6.0 cannot.

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Thank you all, it is so good to have friends who understand. xx

Right, am going to put it on the back burner until the New Year, all packed up and getting ready to get en route to my sister in the North of England... Low carb all the way, of course. Much love to all for a joyous one

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HbA1C 6.3% (45) 21.07.2011
HbA1C 6.0%/1FCC 42 20.12.2011
HbA1C 5.5% /1FCC 37 12.7.2012
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We create some psychological magic about 5's, but I'm with SKB about a 5.7 not guaranteeing something a 6.0 cannot - well-said. I understand the disappointment, I'd have it too, but that doesn't take away from the awesome job you've done. There are scads of people reading this who're envious of your 6.0 - it's a good number. And it will come down. It will.

This game is a process and you're solidly on the right path. Kudos for staying the course the way that you have.

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I noticed you are only taking 1500 mg of metformin. I had to raise mine to 2550 before I saw my HbA1c went below 6 even though I was doing a LC diet. Also many do varying levels of LC diet. Sometimes lowering your carb threshold or increasing fat can lower bgs somewhat. It is about the right balance. That being said 6 is still a good number when you are diabetic.

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A few years ago when I posted a 5.9 A1c and my Doctor about had a cow. He listened to me describe how I did it, and he just shook his head and replied - "I have 3000 patients of which 10% are diabetic....not even 10 of those would do what you are doing in order to control bg! - therefore, I prescribe something that will get them to under 7.0 and hope for the best". A pretty defeatest attitude, but I have found it is shared by most doctors in my area.

...and he is the best Doctor I have found, because at least he is not a blocker, if you want to follow an agressive treatment. The last visit he told me that there are now about 10 under his care that do similar things as I do. I am an engineer, and he told me that most of them were engineers like myself. However, you don't have to be an engineer, you just need a belief that all things can be managed with a good process.

....a 6.0 is a very good reading and it wouldn't hurt you at all to stay at the level for a long time, even if you can't ever acheive a 5.xxx. Keep up the good work.

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I reckon you had a 5.95 they rounded up. Yeah, that's it.

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So, got my hands on my results today and, to be frank, I am sorely disappointed.

I have been doing the LCHF woe strictly since March 2011, I exercise a minimum of 5 days a week, stopped smoking in January, don't drink and yet I still have not got my HbA1c under 6.0 - today's result. I can't try any harder - I am so gutted. I was so sure I was going to be there this time.

Needless to say the doctor gave me short thrift too when I didn't jump up and down in delight. Definitely, no help coming from that direction to get into the 5s.

Your 6 is still a great number. As the others have said, there is no magic line that says 5.9 is wonderful and 6 not so - round off error - whoops, someone already said that

Look at your other numbers too - a nice steady improvement in the lipid profile - that's worth something too!

As you say, it's holiday time - take a few days to relax and unwind - 2012 WILL BE your 5% year - no problem.

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