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The magic of the kid’s plate: HbA1c = 5.4%

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I’ve blogged before about how nicely the kid’s plate works, and after yesterday’s visit to my endocrinologist, I’m more convinced than ever.

I have type 2 diabetes, the main cause of which (besides a genetic predisposition) is being overweight and sedentary (sounds ever so much better than “fat and lazy”). So it’s a lifestyle illness, one of many, and in my case it was triggered by some relatively minor surgery done while I was in the at-risk physical condition. (Surgery can indeed trigger diabetes if you’re on the cusp—or so I’ve read. In any event, better to stay far away from the cusp.)

My diabetes has been under good control, with my HbA1c usually around 5.8%. But with the use of the kid’s plate—which induced me to add more (but limited) carbohydrates back to my diet, usually in the form of whole-wheat pasta or cooked whole grains—this latest reading has prompted my doctor to cut my twice-daily glipizide dose in half.

More benefits likely to accrue if I begin daily walks which, combined with the smaller portion sizes, will lead to fat loss. (Fat acts to some degree like an endocrine gland, sending out chemical signals that increase insulin resistance.)

You can get your own kid’s plate and see what it does for you.

The HbA1c reading is the percentage of hemoglobin that’s glycosated and is a rough measure of your blood glucose levels over the past 90 days. Under 6% is consider okay. 6% and above is bad.

Written by Leisureguy

27 July 2006 at 8:21 am

Posted in Daily life, Health, Medical

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  1. My endocrinologist sent me an email:

    You’re too strict.  According to the ADA, a HbA1c less than or equal to 7.0% is “goal.” According to AACE, a HbA1c of less than or equal to 6.5% is “goal.”  HbA1c of less than 6.0% is in the “non-diabetic” range.  I call diabetic control 6% or less excellent, 6.5% or less very good, 7% or less good, less than 8% fair, and anything else poor.



    28 July 2006 at 7:53 am

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