Not Trying to Get my A1c Down

More A Sweet Life Aug 16, 2011, 4:58 pm

My HbA1c has been around 7% (6.8%-7.2%) for the last few years. Last year I tried terribly hard to get it down. I cut out almost all carbs, checked my blood sugar obsessively, and did everything I could think of to get tighter control of my blood sugars. I succeeded in getting my A1c as low as 6% but I couldn’t keep it up, not only because running meant eating more carbs (I was running much less during that period) but also because I just couldn’t do it.  It was too hard.

I was very frustrated with myself when I got the results of the blood test that followed the 6%.  My A1c was up to 6.8%. The follwoing results were even worse. I had bounced right back to where I had been before – 7%.

It seemed like I couldn’t live my normal, healthy, lifestyle and maintain an HbA1c below 7%.

That was one of the reasons I decided to get an insulin pump. I wanted better control of my blood sugar. Fewer lows fewer highs and ultimately a lower A1c.

After two months of pumping I can say that although I haven’t figured it all out yet, especially when it comes to my running, it feels like it was the right decision. I enjoy not injecting myself many times a day and I feel like I have better control. My blood sugar seems to be in the 100’s most of the time (no CGM) and I’ve had few hypoglycemia incidents.  Now, while my sense of how things are going is important, the truth lies in the blood test, or more specifically my HbA1c.

I should have gotten my first pumping blood work done a few weeks ago but put it off

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Tags: blood, control, hba1c, running, sugar, couldn’t, right, fewer, pumping, test, results, hard, last, myself, carbs,

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  • Description: When I saw my HbA1c result on my computer screen I shouted out, “Jess, you won’t believe it, 6.4%. My A1c is 6.4!”