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Sun Nov 06 12:24:12 EST 2011

in 2 months, i've lost 38 lbs. my glucose has decreased from 136 to 115, but my HA1C has gone from 6.5 to 8. i'm SO frustrated. why the difference?
Asked By: lmshull  
Category: Prediabetes

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i have stage 3 kidney disease. i don't think i am diabetic. my nephrologist thinks i just need to eat more low glycemic fruits. my diet the past 2 months has been fruits and veggies - mainly vegan. i don't understand how i can reduce my glucose and increase the H A1C at the same time. any advice?
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2012-01-21 14:43:02.0

Dear lmshull

Thank you for writing dLIfe and congratulations on your weight loss!

According to the American Diabetes Association an A1C of 6.5 or higher on two separate occasions constitutes a diagnosis of diabetes.

There are several reasons for a discrepancy in your blood glucose readings and the results of your A1C. You have very limited information when check blood glucose only one time daily. Remember, the results of your A1C, are representative of what your blood glucose is running 24 hours a day, for the previous 3 months.

Meter inaccuracy is another reason for discrepancies. You can learn more about quality control of your meter by clicking here.

You mention that over the past 2 months your diet has been primarily vegan - eating fruits and vegetables. Beans, fruits and vegetables - the main components of a vegan diet, are all sources of carbohydrate. Eating too much carbohydrate at a meal can cause your blood glucose levels to run high after the meal. Tracking and recording your food intake and blood glucose levels, is a good way to determine if your blood glucose is high after meals.

Here's an easy way...

For three consecutive days, check your blood glucose before breakfast and again two hours after breakfast. Then the next three days, check before lunch and again two hours after lunch. Finally, the next three days, check before dinner and again two hours after dinner.

Keeping track of your blood glucose - and making note of your activity and food choices - particularly grams of carbohydrate, can help you identify how they affect your glucose levels. Once you complete the record, you may be surprised to find, that at times your blood glucose is higher than your target. If that's the case you may need to eat smaller portions or less carbohydrate at meals.

Good Luck!

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