I am Type 2, only diabetes medication is Metformin. I am extremely discouraged, as my last bloodwork showed by A1C rose from 5.8 to 6.1. I have been trying so hard to eat healthy and get my A1C down to the healthiest possible level. My doctor thinks that level is fine, and she actually reduced my Metformin from 2000 to 1500/day. I have read so much about nerve damage beginning at levels even under 6.0 that I had hoped to get my A1C down to below five.
Another discouraging result was that my triglycerides were at 28! They were already low and are continuing to drop. The things I have read about that mention a low-fat diet and possibly some other things. My other numbers were fine, so I don't think I have liver disease, etc. And my diet is certainly not low-fat! I eat almonds, cashews, olive oil, sunflower seeds, etc. I am a vegetarian. Any ideas?
To NutriJoy: Thank you very much for your detailed and very helpful response. I appreciate you taking the time.
I don't test my glucose at all. My doctor (she's an internist) told me that testing would be counterproductive because I would become so anxious about the ups and downs that I would just give up. So, I've never actually tested my blood at all and don't own a meter. I truthfully wouldn't know what to do with it if I did.
As for the carbs advice, I guess I need to really learn more about the carbs stuff. I thought I was eating fairly healthy. The nurse at the doctor's office told me not to eat bread more than twice a day, and other than that, I haven't really gotten any advice on how to eat. I decided on my own to cut out gluten, all sugars, dairy, soy, and I already didn't eat meat.
So, I can definitely increase the exercise I get. I will concentrate on that and see if it makes a difference in my A1C. I will investigate how many carbs I'm eating, and see what I can cut down on. I just don't want to get too restrictive because I remain worried about that triglycerides at level of 28. The labe reference was 30 was the low end. Mine dropped from the 70s to the 60s to below the normal level.
I see the doctor about my stomach issues soon, so I will ask her what she thinks.
Thanks again for your help, NutriJoy! Have a peaceful weekend.