It’s been almost 10 years since I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in October 2006. And over the past year I have made great progress in getting my blood glucose levels under control.
Every 3 months, I get a Hemoglobin-A1C blood test and visit my doctor for a Diabetes Follow-Up to review my results and discuss how I’ve been doing with my diabetes since the last checkup. The A1C test provides a measure of average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months based on the percentage of glucose attached to hemoglobin in the blood. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that your A1C should be less 7.0%, which is equivalent to a blood glucose level of 154 mg/dL
My A1C this week was only 6.9%, which is equivalent to about a 151 estimated average glucose level. Actually I was surprised since during that time I had a bilateral inguinal surgery, root canal and crown, and 56 chigger bites. My previous tests over the past year had been 7.0, 7.1, and 6.9 so it’s been fairly consistent and demonstrates that my current health focus matters.
Recently, I have increased my daily exercise and reduced my meal carbs significantly and it’s really starting to make a difference. In addition to my usual 30 minutes on a treadmill at the local gym after lunch, I had added a 15-minutes morning walk after breakfast as well as another 15-minutes evening walk after dinner. At the same time, I have tried to eat less carbs per meal and trying to target about 25-35 grams per meal, although I am aiming for less with a high-protein breakfast.
For the past 7 days I have had an average blood glucose of 140 with a variance of 23%. My average total carbs per day has been 129 grams with average 68 minutes exercise a day. I have had 15% Highs (> 180) with 2% Lows (< 70), and I have only had to inject meal-time insulin on 3 of those days.
Although this requires constant attention and discipline, this is all very encouraging and shows that I am on the right track. I just need to keep it up, and my next test should be even better yet.