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How Long Does It Take To Get A1C Levels Down With Improved Eating And Exercise?

How Long Does It Take To Get A1C Levels Down With Improved Eating And Exercise?

Was recently diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. My original Glucose A levels were 11.2. Two weeks later (Feb 1) my A1C A level was measuring 10. I've changed my diet (following Dr Gundry food guide), no red meats, no dairy, mostly fish, chicken, turkey and lots of veggies/greens. Am down 16lbs so far (20 to go). I'm determined to defeat this diabetes with heathier food plan and exercise. Question/curious, how long do your figure it takes… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

In August 2014 my A1c was 12.2. I was given insulin in the hospital and went home with it. By December I was at 6.4. Of course this included a serious overhaul of my eating habits. After about 2 I/2 years of numbers under 6, my Dr suggested I try it without meds. (I was using Bydreon). I tried with just diet and exercise for 4 months and didn't like it. My bg went up and I gained 15 lbs. Now I'm happily back on Bydureon. Don't know if I will be able to lose the weight again as weight loss has never come easily for me. If I can hold steady where I am, I'll try to be satisfied with that. Good luck with your journey.

posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hello! In August 2018, I went to the ER with sugar of 560; A1C of 12.5. Very scary to me knowing what could have happened to me if I hadn’t walked into the ER that day. So after seeing my primary care doctor, I immediately started bike riding the next day, everyday, and eating extremely healthy and watching my carbs. Within 3 months, I’d lost 20 pounds and my A1C was 6.2; I continued my exercise and eating changes and 3 months after that, I was down 30 pounds and A1C was 5.3. I do take metformin but that’s it. My doctor will probably take me off the metformin because of the control I have with diet/exercise.

But each person is different and my Type 2 doesn’t “look” like someone else’s. You need to find what works well for you. I’m determined not to let this run or ruin my life. I’m 56 by the way and it runs in my family so I am diligent about the changes.

Good luck! You can handle this!! 👍🏻😊

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Sounds like some changes in food/diet may be a good alternative. Perhaps some yoga (haven't done it yet, but on my to do list) may help with the exercising. We all have to find our best path StellaMichaud

posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I was diagnosed at a 14 and it was hard to get my A1C levels down without meds. I took meds that were not effective for me (Metformin) and after almost a year of no results I was put on an injectable that got my A1C into range within 90 days. I then trained and ate better and was down to a limited amount of meds and finally managing it w/o meds...I slipped of course, got cocky but I have heard of some people who have simply lost the weight, watched their food and didn't need meds. Hope that helps.

posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Lucky for you that your Dr did not jump on Metformin (2) right from the start ,it has been a week today, has not brought my bld sugar at all, I take 1 pill 1.2 in the am and the other 1/2 at supper time with food. Really do not want to go to 2 Seeing the dietatian this afternoon for diets, cannot exercises at all, due to many surgeries, hip and knee and a metal plate due to a pill that I should had been taken off after 5 yrs and was not , it has brittle my bones, now I am on walker and cane dependent..Not impressesd.

posted over 1 year ago
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