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Type 2 Latest HBA1c

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Peadair O Brionn, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi All
    Been quiet for a while . Got my latest blood test this week and found my HbA1c up a bit from 38 to 39 but I suppose that could have been Christmas .Still in the non diabetic rang so well pleased as I’ve introduce a few more carbs to my diet as I was lookin a bit gaunt with the weight loss . One thing I was concerned about was my total cholesterol level has gone up to 6.6 and the go wants me to go on statins . I’ve been fudging them since I was diagnosed and was wondering has anyone been put on them and what effect do they gave on bg levels and side effects in general . My Ma has been on them for years and although not diabetic she swears by them .
     
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  2. Emma_369

    Emma_369 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I have no experience with statins - know there are plenty of people on here who will show up soon with lots of advise for you. But wanted to say well done on keeping a stable Hba1c!!
     
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  3. Caeseji

    Caeseji Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A rise of one ain't bad at all so well done to you there! A lot o the time it's individual reactions, I know I stopped when my muscles started to freak out on me but now I am a heck of a lot stronger but I still need some lipid tests done. We've got some amazing people on here that'll probably be able to give you more help!
     
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  4. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Emma
     
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    Given the accuracy of Hb1AC, a rise of one may be nothing!
    So, well done @Peadair O Brionn on maintaining your control and lifestyle change.
     
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  6. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Peadair, 38/39, there's no material difference there. The 38 could be rounded down from 38.4 and the 39 rounded up from 38.6, so no material difference.

    I'd urge you to give yourself a bit of a range you feel comfortable in. That's what I did, because my thinking was it's not going to be possible to constantly drop, and things like stress, illness and so on can easily negatively impact our A1cs, and there's not a jot we can do about it.

    Only you can decide what range you want to allow yourself, but that's an agreement between you and yourself. What someone else allows themselves has no bearing on you.

    Personally, I'd rather not take statins, but although my total cholesterol is an inconveniently high number, all the constituent parts, and ratios are good. Do you have your breakdown of the test result at all?
     
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  7. Member496333

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    Well done on the HbA1c. At least it’s stable :)

    @bulkbiker is probably your man for statins, but I don’t think he’s going to be trying to sell you any :D

    Personally I’d want to be seeing a full lipid panel rather than just a meaningless total cholesterol, and even then I don’t think I’d consider taking a statin.
     
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  8. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you
     
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  10. BrianTheElder

    BrianTheElder Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think you will find that statins increase your bg levels slightly, at least that's what I found since I came off statins. This is also suggested by the fact that T2D is down as one of the side effects of statins. So best avoided in my opinion.
     
  11. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @Peadair O Brionn well done on maintaining your Hba1c. WRT to statins ultimately the decision is yours however ensure you do your research before making that decision. I took them when first diagnosed because I was told by my DN that ‘all diabetics should be on them’ and I didn’t know any different and didn’t research until I had problems when my hba1c rose from 48 to 54 and I suffered from dizzy spells and disturbed sleep so, with my GPS consent, I stopped taking them. My hba1c came down soon after and I’ve been at non diabetic levels for approx 5 years. I will not take statins again and, after discussions with a new GP, I have had my notes annotated as statin intolerant.
     
  12. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that bud . I’ve been telling them for years I don’t want statins but they keep telling me I’ll have an episode in the future if I don’t . I’m hounnto see them about my results in the next couple of weeks and I’ll see what the ratios are then
     
  14. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bud . Goin to see them in a couple of weeks . Will get the ratios then
     
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    Derbysocks Type 2 · Active Member

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    I have been on statins since diagnosed in 2006. Reducing fat in the blood will reduce the likelihood of heart disease or stroke so that is a good thing.
     
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  16. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for replying . Have you had any side effects .
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    The side effects for me were significant .... and none of them in a good way
     
  18. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    There's a chance that a full lipid panel wasn't done. Some peoples results amount to:
    Total Cholesterol
    Non HDL Cholesterol

    This doesn't give you all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether to accept statin treatment or to decline it. What you need is a full breakdown with Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides. Then you can judge. Good luck.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    My last cholesterol total was 6.4 but my ratios are perfect. From now on I’m adopting @DCUKMod ’s expression of “inconveniently high”!
     
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  20. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I agree with the others. Your HbA1c hasn't really gone up. It is virtually the same, and therefore stable.

    As for the cholesterol, make no decision on statins till you have the full breakdown and can calculate the HDL/Trigs ratio. That is the important one. Do your research on whether they are necessary, and whether high cholesterol does actually cause heart/stroke problems. This thread has all the information you need https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/cholesterol-and-statins.156985/ but you need a whole day to read it. :)
     
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