Challenges with A1c and high blood sugar numbers

Today has been a big challenge in maintaining my blood sugar levels at a lower number. I started the day with a fasting blood sugar of 297. In case this doesn’t mean much to you, my doctor wants my fasting number no higher than 130. She also wants my after meal numbers no higher than 160-180.

Tonight, my blood sugar number was 587. Not good. Not good at all.

As a little background…

I had been without my insulin and another medication to help control my blood sugars for several months before I was able to get a supply in late June. At that time my fasting blood sugar was usually in the high 300s to mid 400s. Not good. This was forcing my A1c up and up and up, as well. My last one was 8.3 which wasn’t as bad as a previous one which was 9.8.

As I said, I received a supply of both insulin and Trulicity in June. It has been slow going, but the numbers have been getting lower in the morning. Most of the time my reading is between 240 and 290. Still, not ideal, but getting better.

In turn, this will help lower my A1c.

Except, having a 587 number in the evening is not going to help lower the A1c. Not one bit.

What is a girl to do?

I am well aware that my food and beverage choices affect my blood sugar readings. I have studied and researched diet plans and menus and food choices and I know what to eat. Having the ability to choose wisely is where I often fail.

I see the choices displayed before me and I think, “Okay. Should I have the burger or the salad?” Hmm… If I add lettuce, pickles and a tomato to the burger then it is like a salad, right?

Only it isn’t and I pay the price for a poor food choice.

Change my mind

I am taking a class right now called “Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Changing Your Life.” What I have learned so far is very compelling. I can actually and quite literally change my mind by repeating positive things.

So let’s say that I want to lose weight because I know that doing so will help me to lower my blood sugar numbers and my A1c. But let’s also say that I have tried nearly every diet plan known to humankind and each one has failed to yield results. I will probably say, “I can’t lose weight. I have tried everything and nothing works!”

I am attracting the negative results of that statement. I have defeated myself before I even try. In all likelihood, by own negative thinking has caused the failure after failure.

Now let’s say that I start to speak positive words to myself. I could say, “I am so glad that my body is strong. It has been working hard for me.”

I could say, “I can lose weight. In fact, I am going to lose all the weight I need to lose and then I am going to write my plan out and sell it for millions!”

I know, it sounds kind of silly. But why do we always tell ourselves that positive thoughts sound silly while the negative ones are allowed to breed, reproduce and grow into these monstrosities that somehow must be true because we hear and say them all the time.

Starting tomorrow morning…

I have decided that not only am I going to fill my thoughts with positive thoughts, I will follow those thoughts with positive actions.

After seeing that ridiculously high blood sugar reading tonight, I decided that starting tomorrow morning, I am working out again. I will start slow, but I will build that up because my body is strong.

I will begin to eat the foods that I know are good for me and stay away from choices that are unhealthy and harm my temple.

Why tomorrow? Because it is presently 11:06 PM Central Time and about the best I can accomplish right now is to set my mind toward this positive change in my lifestyle. Which I will be starting tomorrow morning!

It is a matter of choice

With the many books I have read on diet, nutrition, exercise and type 2 diabetes, I know what to do. Even though there are still many paths that could be taken because it seems that everyone has an opinion of the “right” way to do this.

I tend to trust books that don’t tell me what I want to hear, but ones that tell me something I may not like at all.

l will be returning to the topic of reversing type 2 diabetes in my next few posts, but in the meantime, I wanted to give an update on where I am and where I am intending on going. It really is a matter of choice. We can choose to stay on the path we have been taking or we can choose a new path! The very best part is that we do have a choice!

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About the author

Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

10 thoughts on “Challenges with A1c and high blood sugar numbers

  1. Hi Karin,

    A great article about you and your type 2 Diabetes. Challenges with A1c and high blood sugar numbers are to be handled with due care. Sometimes what your doctor wants as your blood count is almost impossible to achieve. But I see that u have been working hard towards it. 

    A great article fr those afflicted with Type 2 Diabetes. Wish u luck and peace in your medical journey.



    1. Thank you, Aparna. It has been an ongoing struggle for the past 12 nearly 13 years. I am committed to working on it, though and I believe that it is 100% possible to reverse this condition.

      Thank you again and I hope you will visit the site again soon!


  2. I love in your blog post about the class you are taking. How negative words and thoughts will just bring about negative results! How right you are! Having positive thoughts and sending out positive energy is a practice and takes time to master. Do you agree?

    Have you ever looked in to intuitive eating? Intuitive eating is all about listening to your body and not so much about following specific food rules.  However, of course, with Type 2 Diabetes there are certain foods you need to avoid. But you are right about being able to reverse Type 2 Diabetes and having positive thoughts goes a long way!

    Great post and I wish you well on your journey!


    1. Thanks for visiting my site, Anna. 

      I totally agree that mastering our minds to be more positive takes time—sometimes more time than others! But, just as I believe that type 2 diabetes can be reversed, I also believe that our negativity in our thoughts can be reversed!

      I have not looked at intuitive eating, but I will certainly do so. I like to know as much as I can about diet, exercise and nutrition. I think that so many of our health problems have to do with what we eat. Processed foods certainly have done us no favors—healthwise anyway.

      Thank you again for reading and I hope you will visit my site again, soon, especially if you have any questions.


  3. Thanks for sharing your blood sugar journey Karin. The positive steps you are taking are very encouraging. We all have choices that affect things in our life, you are making the right choices and I’m very sure that very soon your blood sugar will be where your doctor wants it to be. Keep up the good work and keep us posted. 

    1. Thank you for visiting my site, Juliet. I appreciate your comments. The choices we make, good or bad, will affect our lives now and in the future. I hope you will stop back and visit my site again.

      With 2020 Vision,
      Karin 😎

  4. Hi Karin, these are great steps that you are taking to improve your health. You are determined to do it at all costs and indeed it all begins within the mind. Interesting when you say the books you trust are those that tell you what you don’t like, they tend to challenge the mind. I’ve also learnt that unless the time of day is really a barrier to get something started the best time to start is now rather than tomorrow! This is an inspiring post and will be following you as you progress on your journey.

    1. Thank you again for visiting my site. Those books are my favorite ones because they force me to deal with reality about our diet and lack of nutrition.

      Check back often! Thank you!

      Karin 🙂

  5. Hello again. I was actually doing some research online when I came across your website. I must say that this is really something that everyone must look into. I primarily suggest that every youth who is growing up should read something like this in the near future so that they can learn from it and not get this disease in the first place.I am really thankful for the info.

    1. Thank you again for visiting my site. I appreciate your visit and hope that people will read the post and learn from my example.

      Karin 🙂

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