We took Doriyan to see his endocrinologist last week, and we’ve got good news! His A1C score was 6.9 again. The hemoglobin A1C or HbA1C is a blood test that is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and it is also used to indicate how well you are managing your diabetes by providing an average of your blood sugar from the last 90 days. Uncontrolled diabetes is dangerous, and could lead to serious health complications like stroke, kidney failure, or eye problems.

Doriyan has been diagnosed with diabetes since he was 2 years old. Early on, it was extremely hard for us to manage and I was afraid that he would experience complications if we didn’t get his diabetes under control. I was frustrated with the entire situation, and I didn’t feel like a good mother. This was a big reason why I started to experiment with the vegan diet. I am so happy to say that at 14 years old, he hasn’t experienced any major health issues due to his diabetes.

I am not a doctor, and I don’t think my advice should be taken over your doctor’s advice. However, if you combine these tips for lowering your A1C and with your diabetic care plan after consulting with your doctor, you will decrease your A1C.

1.When you stop sticking to the schedule; change it.

Almost every article you read about lowering your A1c talks about a schedule and sticking to it. This is very important, because eating on schedule and tracking your blood sugar helps your doctor recommend and prescribe dosages. Taking the medicine on schedule ensures that you are covered for the entire day. Therefore, keeping a schedule is critical to successfully managing diabetes. However, your daily routine can change drastically from time to time, and when it does, it is time to adjust your schedule accordingly. The schedule should not be a hindrance, but it should help. If you are reviewing your numbers and you see a trend that you are taking lunch later and later, or you find you are missing your bedtime check because you keep falling asleep, it is time for you to change your schedule. It is okay to move some things around. I don’t recommend changing your schedule every week or month. However, I am sure Doriyan and I change his schedule about 3 or 4 times a year. If you don’t change your schedule you just end up with a series of missed checks and late shots.

 

2. Denounce added sugars

The reason why endocrinologists probably just don’t say stay away from sugar is because it would be bad for business. To get your hemoglobin A1C, they actually measure the amount of sugar your hemoglobin is coated with. Your hemoglobin is a protein within your red blood cells that carries oxygen. Reducing your sugar intake will greatly affect your A1C. Sugar raises the blood sugar, depletes the body of B vitamins, jacks up your calcium metabolism and has adverse effects on the nervous system. The easiest thing to do is to throw it out. Many people will say that it is addictive, however that hasn’t been scientifically proven. There are all kinds of wonderful sweet dishes that don’t require added sugars.

 

3. Have some fun

I am not going to tell you to exercise unless you like to, but I would recommend getting out and having some fun. It took me a while to discover that organized sports weren’t really the best solution in terms of motivating Doriyan to live an active lifestyle. He seemed to always favor some sports over others. This led to him being active some months while being more lethargic other months. Doriyan now just has a membership to the YMCA. He is required to use it or he will lose it. There are tons of activities available to him, and he hardly ever goes to “work out”. Most of the time you can catch him playing basketball with friends. One year, we took swimming lessons. Go window shopping at the mall, walk your old neighborhood to see how it has changed, or play frisbee with your kids. Just get out there and have some fun; don’t get stuck counting calories burned or time spent. Be sure to have an accurate reading of your blood sugar before starting any moderate to high intensity activity.