Friday, June 2, 2023

Ways to Lower HbA1c Levels for a 60-Year-Old Man with Diabetes

I am a diabetic patient and I am I am under treatment of a cardiologist since May 2019. The routine checkup helps me to monitor my blood sugar ( hbA1c )and blood pressure. A stent was also plented in 2019.


 Dietary changes can be an effective way to lower HbA1c levels for a 60-year-old man with diabetes. Here are some dietary tips that may help:

  1. Avoid sugary foods and processed carbs. They cause spikes in blood sugar levels. A loose restriction of carbohydrate intake in a study of 133 type 2 diabetes patients improved HbA1c levels significantly during the 2-year follow-up period
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  2. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eating regularly, every 3-5 hours, and similar-sized portions at meals and snacks can help control blood sugar levels
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  3. Plan meals ahead of time and keep a journal of food, medication, and exercise
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  4. Eat sufficient fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and foods with less added sugar. Limit trans fats and processed foods
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  5. Increase soluble fiber intake. A study found that increasing soluble fiber leads to lower HbA1c levels in type 2 diabetes
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It's important to work with a doctor to find out what's causing high HbA1c levels and to treat any underlying conditions. Discuss the strategies listed above with your doctor. None of these strategies should ever be done in place of what your doctor recommends or prescribes
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In addition to dietary changes, exercise can also help lower HbA1c levels. Studies suggest that engaging in moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes on more than 3 days per week is most beneficial
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 Aerobic exercise, resistance training, and both combined were each associated with declines in HbA1c levels in several studies with type 2 diabetics
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Other strategies to manage blood sugar and HbA1c levels include taking prescribed diabetes medications and monitoring blood sugar levels regularly
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Remember that diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that can lead to many complications. Early diagnosis and treatment may help prevent complications. It's important to follow your doctor's recommendations and work with them to manage your diabetes effectively
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Sources:

  1. SelfDecode Labs
  2. Medical News Today
  3. Dignity Health
  4. National Council on Aging
  5. Healthline
  6. Endotext
  7. UpToDate
  8. BMC Endocrine Disorders

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