I am sorry I did not see this earlier. You have specifically stated a HgB A1c test was used. You need to talk to your doctor as to what the appropriate scale for this test is because in low ranges it is slightly higher than a Hb A1c and at higher rangers the scale is a lot higher than the later. There is no direct correlation between the scales.
Your doctor may have requested this test for a specific reason and it is a legitimate test but the other seems to be more common. Both tests look for the same markers, just on a different scale.
My doctor checked the wrong box a few years ago on a lab slip and it looked like my A1c had jumped in about 6 months time by about 1% but the reality was the difference in scale.
I am not a medical professional, but you may want to talk to your health care professionals or lab to understand the differences between the scale these two tests are run on.View Thread
You may want to take some of your favorite recipes or a list of some meals you normally eat and ask if there are suggestions for improving them to fit into your new lifestyle. You may also ask others in the class for some of their favorite healthy meals and get some new ideas.View Thread
There are lots of things you can eat, and it sounds like your current dietary restrictions could only benefit you.
Of course you want to eat lots of non starchy veggies, including all kinds of greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, tomatoes and some fruit. Many do well with berries, mellon and apples. You will have to test to find out what works and doesn't work for you. Lean protein such as white meat chicken or turkey and fish are good choices.
Be aware of things like 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice and small potatoes. These are foods you want to limit and again understand how they affect your blood glucose.
Things to avoid, chips, crackers, cookies,white bread, candy, sugared soda and sweet tea.
This list is by no means exhaustive but may give you some ideas to get started.
Please ask for a referral to a diabetes educator and if you don't already have one, ask if your insurance will provide a glucose meter, if not they will help you learn what is a good choice for your by being able to test your fasting blood glucose and 2 hours after meals.
You may also want to go to the library to see what books are available. Do check the publish date as they can become out dated very quickly.
I get what you are saying. I can eat a few vegetarian meals a week but could not do vegetarian or vegan for more than a few days.
Many people have good results by cutting back on the animal fat, rice, flour of any kind and potatoes and of course pasta, chips and bakery. Lean protein such as fish or chicken breast are usually a good choice.
let us know about the changes you have made. I could use some inspiration and motivation myself.
Just saying you need some help and encouragement is a big step in the right direction.
When I was first diagnosed it was suggested I keep some records of my blood glucose and food I was eating. I used the booklet which came with my meter and got a little notebook to record the food I ate. Somehow just being honest about what I was eating with the notebook, I felt a little more accountability for what I put in my mouth.
Your log doesn't have to be anything sophisticated but just being able to review the information will help you see where you could have made better choices.
I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do regarding drinking but I really scared myself a few years ago.
I am on metformin and glyburide, and the glyburide mixed with alcohol can cause some serious lows. I had a few martinis and several hours after going to bed, woke up in a cold sweat. I tested my blood glucose and had a reading of 38. Fortunately I woke up but I could have just as easily continued to sleep and could have just as easily slipped into a coma. I also rebounded from that incident and had a very high reading the next morning.
Massive swings are not good. Extreme lows are not good. If your doctor has referred you to a diabetes educator, please talk to them to understand how your drinking may affect your diabetes control. Please be honest with them about the amount and what you drink.