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Looking to the new year? Don't forget the fat though!

MikePollard
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Just read this link and I couldn't agree more with Gloria Hunniford. I recently found out that early spring last year my blood glucose was just a point short of being pre diabetic, up till then I had no idea. The health check nurse didn't mention it nor did the doctor; they were concerned about hypertension and everything that went with that. I noticed the high HbA1c no. when I saw my notes online and I mentioned it to the doctor. He agreed it was pre diabetic but said that the diet changes I had made since then had probably sorted it out but suggested I have another blood test. So in the New Year that is what I must do. Fingers xed it will be a much more healthy reading.

I did more or less exactly what Gloria H said she did and was in more or less the same boat as she was beforehand; overweight but not massively so. Lots of stuff I read on this site told me that sugar was the bad guy and not fat, leastways not saturated fat. So out went the skim milk and cereal for breakfast [I now eat an egg and a slice of toast and butter and feel full for longer] out went the pasta, white bread, potatoes, cakes and biscuits and sugar, and I never buy low fat fruit yogurt because I read sugar is used to make low fat taste better, I do eat loads of fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables and some cheese but rarely meat. The weight just fell off me over the months. I went from 11 stone down to 8 stone10 lbs [I am 5'7"] and a size 14/16 down to 8/10 and am now considered too thin by my daughters !! Wonderful, I never remember being that weight since I was about 16!

There is nothing like a health scare to focus the mind!

sandybrown
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Hello,

Well done, keep an eye on your HbA1C numbers. I am afraid GP and practice nurse do miss facts some times as it happened to me with my blood test numbers.

I do read the mail health section and take what I want take! Most papers do write on health but just have to take what we want and action it for our better health. I am afraid I have not gone back to 18 days weight. Am happy with what I have lost and the blood check numbers.

There are tow or three evening meals always rice it is difficult to avoid this, my wife's believe is the last 40 years you have been eating this, just carry on, the quantity has changed. Once in a while I do eat toast, put coconut oil on the toast as it is in a spreadable form in UK.

Good luck to every one on their health programme.

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I do wish my blood pressure numbers were as good as they were when I was 18 though! I have to take meds for them but only 1 sort and not a high dose either. I hated having to do that at first but have got used to it.

I feel anxious all the same about having the HbA1c test done again, will let you all know [that's if anyone is interested!] how it goes.

Penel
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Good luck with the test.

sandybrown
sandybrown in reply to Hidden

Hello,

Good luck with your HbA1c testing. Yes I am interested in the results. Please make a not of the existing results as well. GP practice can give you a printed copy of test results as well as in a graph form. On the blood pressure, please do a Google, new numbers for people over 50, you can ask your GP as Well.

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Thank you Penel and Bala for the replies. For the BP I take 50mg Losartan with no side effects. Ramipril that I took at first gave me a horrid cough. It has brought the home readings average down to below 135/75 which the dr is happy with. Just as well as in the surgery it goes to 180 and even 200/100 on occasion !! So I will go ahead and make the apt with the phlebotomist [Don't you love that word !!] for the HbA1c.

sandybrown
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At least once a year, your doctor should check your long-term diabetes control by taking a blood sample from your arm.

HbA1c,The most common test is the HbA1c test, which indicates your blood glucose levels for the previous two to three months. The HbA1c measures the amount of glucose that is being carried by the red blood cells in the body.

HbA1c targets, For most people with diabetes, the HbA1c target is below 48 mmol/mol, since evidence shows that this can reduce the risk of developing diabetic complications, such as nerve damage, eye disease, kidney disease and heart disease.

Individuals at risk of severe hypoglycaemia should aim for an HbA1c of less than 58 mmol/mol. However, any reduction in HbA1c levels (and therefore, any improvement in control), is still considered to have beneficial effects on the onset and progression of complications.

HbA1c results

You will now be getting used to seeing your HbA1c results reported using the IFCC (International Federation of Clinical Chemistry) reference measurement procedure of mmol/mol. A rough guide to the equivalent values can be found in the following conversion table:

(%) ----- (mmol/mol)

6.0 -- 42

6.5 -- 48

7.0 -- 53

7.5 -- 58

8.0 -- 64

9.0 -- 75

mand60
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hi am always worried when they take my blood pressure as its always up am taking 3 pills a day and and most times when i get to the gym its 190/100 and when i come out well down any ideas how to keep it that way.

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Mine goes way down when I come in from a brisk walk but rises again within a short time to normal controlled levels.I take just one losartan tablet. I mentioned this to the dr as they say BP rises after exercise,but she didn't seem concerned or surprised. Said something like 'everyone's different'.

sandybrown
sandybrown in reply to mand60

Hello,

BP do go up when there is a worry, this from my experience!. In the gym you can check heart rate on the bike and tread mill while working. Make a not of it at the start, during exercise and just before cool down, If you cool down is five minutes then make a note of it every minute. At the end of five minutes the heart rate comes down to near starting heart rate. Give this a try. Good luck.

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