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Fri Jan 24 09:29:08 UTC 2014

Having made no substantial diabetic medication adjustments nor lifestyle changes my a1c improved from 8.0 to 6.2. Any ideas how this is possible?
Asked By: icdogg  
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Info; I'm on Metformin 1000 2x per day. I also eat very low carb. But neither is a change from the last 2 years. 6.2 reading was a few days ago. 8.0 at beginning of September. I haven't behaved myself any better, and haven't changed my treatment, and weigh the same (BMI about 32), so what explanations can there be for what happened that don't include changes in eating, changes in exercise, changes in weight, or changes in medication?
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2014-03-05 17:49:11.0

You answered your own question very well!! An infection will bring blood sugars up. Sometimes a rising blood sugar is a clue to an impending illness. My sons often got high blood sugars before they came down with a cold,etc... Good detective work!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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2014-02-07 06:00:05.0

An answer was suggested to me and it makes sense. Shortly after the 8.0 a1c I noticed an infection and was prescribed Keflex to get rid of it. It is possible that I had that infection for some time before then and did not notice it. Apparently infections can raise blood sugar. After being rid of the infection my a1c returned to where it otherwise would have been all along. (It had been a 6.1 about a year ago).
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