Part II of the Blog Article Diet covers my A1C blood test results three years ago. As I mentioned in the previous Health Article, my health was not good three years ago.  After my annual physical, my blood tests revealed that my A1C results were not good.  My blood test results were not in the diabetic range but were significantly above the safe range.

During my life several of my relatives and friends were diabetic.  After seeing their experiences, I wanted to do what I could to make sure my blood test results dropped down to the normal range.

Talk with my doctor

Talk with the doctor

When I talked with my doctor, he explained that diet was the major tool to reduce the A1C test results.   Of course I needed to reduce sugar dramatically. He gave me some good advice.  He said to eliminate sugar almost completely at home when we do not have guests during meals.  Then he gave me interesting advice when I am eating at a restaurant, a friend’s home, or on a work event.  He said to not draw attention to the fact that I am avoiding sugar.  He told me to go ahead and accept desert, flavored drinks, or other items that have sugar but do not finish them.  Just take a few bites and leave the rest. 

He also said to leave part of the main dish on the plate.  He told me that losing weight, in general, would help the A1C as well.  I thought that was a terrific idea.  I did try his advice and found it helpful.

The doctor also talked about exercise.  Since I run and workout six days a week, I did not have a challenge in that area.  However, the advice he gave me was interesting.  He told me to park a significant distance from a store when I am shopping, so I increase the distance to walk.  He also said to use the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.  Then he told me to do yard work.  He said that if I use a gardener, make sure I do some of the work that requires bending down and digging or pulling weeds.  Although I already do plenty of exercise I found his exercise advice interesting.



Within eight months, my A1C was in the safe range.   With discipline and a lot of prayers, my health improved dramatically.  I did not follow the doctor’s advice completely, but with his help, my health improved dramatically.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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