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How To Lower Your A1c Levels: More Steps You Can Take

You may be familiar with the “ABCs” of diabetes: A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol. This acronym is part of a larger diabetes campaign called “Know Your Numbers,” and hopefully you’re aware of all of your numbers — what they are, what they should be, and how often to get them checked. Obviously, knowing your A1C and knowing what you can do if it’s not at goal is a big part of diabetes management. The focus last week and this week has been on all things A1C: what it is, what the general goal is, why it matters, and ways to get it to where it needs to be. What else does it take to lower your A1C? Figuring out how to lower your A1C to whatever your personal goal is can sometimes seem like solving a puzzle. You try something and it may or may not help, or it helps but not enough. Then you try something else. Yes, it can be frustrating, but eventually you’ll hit on a strategy that works for you. Last week, we looked at how a healthy eating plan (including keeping carbs consistent and sticking to an eating schedule) and a physical activity program can help. Research shows that an eating plan can lower A1C levels by 1–2%; physical activity can lower A1C by 0.6–1%, a Continue reading >>

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  1. scottietwenty3

    Diabetes drugs how much do they lower A1C?

    Hi there
    This is just for my interest really. I was reading this a little earlier
    Endocrinologist Anastassios Pittas, MD, MSc, and colleagues at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston
    According to Pittas, metformin lowers A1C levels by an average of 1.5 percentage points; sulfonylureas lower A1C levels by an average of 1.5–2 percentage points; and thiazolidinediones (TZDs) reduce A1C levels by an average of 1–1.5 percentage points.
    Has got any studys or data that is fairly accurate in regard to how much on average a particular diabetes drug lower's one's A1C?

  2. furball64801

    Thanks for the info Scottie thats great for some I wish it worked that well for me. I would hate to think what my A1c would be without it. I actually found the first time byetta brought my bs down to about a 6.0 or lower the problem was cost and the second time I went on byetta the A1c went up over 7.5 and that wasnt much fun.

  3. scottietwenty3

    Im not on meds but I find it hard to imagine that on average met would drop someones A1C from say 7.5 to 6 as the endo claims it drops an average of 1.5 points on met.

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