Slimmer's Blog 6: Blood Test Done and A1C Results In - The Days Keep Marching On
Friday, May 17, 2019
Hi All, Finally the count down of two weeks happened and my Physical Day and Blood Test happened a couple of days ago. I am on Medicare and I was very surprised at what a Physical is like now. They asked a lot of questions, but seemed you really are not to bring up something to complain and want fixed or Medicare might not cover the physical then. They take blood pressure and pulse and listened to breathing front and back. No more pushing on organs only a boob check and no touching below the waist. I did get a few scripts to have on hand, but I never do take any they are just in case I react to ..usually foods. I am allergic to a lot and have new reactions to environmental things. Got weighed and measured. Was happy I lost 20 lbs. since last visit and said I shrunk 1/4 of an inch. Actually I'd like to have another do the measuring. Everything this nurse measured seemed high and numbers I never have had.
I just was not impressed by this experience. Even in the past I never thought physicals were worth the cost it is to the insurance companies. I like to go to a Doctor with a reason and want actions then. I also am only Diabetic with no other issues now. I have been Officially labeled Diabetic for maybe 19 years, and after going through blood tests back to 1991 seems my glucose has been over 112 since then.
After reading many Diabetic books I agree with the DR that wrote - The Diabetic Solution that all people who have a fasting glucose reading over 100 should be labeled Diabetic. No Pre-Diabetic time. I feel you might as well face the fact that your system, as I call it is "Broken" and once broken you are Diabetic. You cannot be fixed or in control. One can keep good numbers, but eat too many carbs for a few days and the sugar numbers are going to rise back up.
Now I think Wow.. I could have been told I was Diabetic probably even before 1991.! I think if only I had been told What Diabetes really was all about that I could have just Started.. to cut out the over eating of carbs like I always had been doing.
I was labeled Diabetic with an A1C ( 3 month blood test ) of 13.9 and single glucose of 394. Shocking! How did that happen? One month later on NO Medicines I had an A1C of 6.0..!
No Meds!... Just not eating all those extra carbs and doing a little walking.
From then on I knew If I ate right and kept moving I could keep my A1C under control. I starting cheating a bit more year by year, and starting with moving to a new state and quiting my job and retiring. Oh, I enjoyed the food I had not eaten for years. I enjoyed it too much.
My daily sugar was normal then at 225 and up in the morning fast. I easily went into the 300's each day. My A1c in 2016 was.... 10.1 .. but I was thrilled.. I thought it could easily bee 17.9 the way I had been eating.
Starting 2019 I said to myself that these high sugar numbers have to stop. I was pushing my luck and looking for a stroke or heart attack or going blind or losing toes etc., and if any of that happened that I knew mentally, knowing I did that to myself I would not handle it well.
My A1C with this new test was 7.2. The Dr. said she would be happy if I was under 7.5, and so I am happy to have her think well of me. My Goal was to be under 7.0 with not being on meds. I think it would have been, but for over a month I ate 60 to 120 carbs a day instead of around 35 total carbs a day I usually try to have. I concentrated on 1200 calories to really work on weight loss, and that worked very well getting me from 203.75 down to 193.75. I thought I might of gotten my A1C down to 6.8. BUT, if the Doctor is happy then I am too.
All my other numbers were normal with no new concerns/issues to be talked about.
Now in a couple of weeks I will turn 70, and I now know where I am in following my health. By doing my blood test I now was given the script for my Testing for sugar which they would not give me unless I had it done.
Now am I going to still do better with my Sugar, and will I continue to lose weight? I want to do so.
I hope there will always be a New Day to make this decision. There always seems to be another day, but as I get older I know now that may not be the case. We each do not know the time we are given.
The Days will keep happening with or without me. As I am here to Live Each New Day My Goal is to be working on getting/staying Healthier so I can live a good Life!
I did Celebrate with a bit more carbs after my physical, but now back to my new normal.
My WEIGHT I also dropped down to 193.75... My Goodness the scales REALLY can move down!
Do YOU know your Blood Test Numbers? Where/What you want to improve on? What are your GOALS? Wishing does not get us there, but Actions will. So, What's the Plan Now.
Slimmer Slimmer 7.2