Diabetes Health Type 2: Losing 100 Pounds Lowered My A1c from 19 to 5.6

By Claire Lynch

Ann Teer knew that her grandmother has Type 2 diabetes. So did her sister; when Ann was unusually thirsty with everything having a metallic taste, she had her suspicions. After an episode of bronchitis, she didn’t feel better. Her physician ran some blood work. The results showed her A1C was above 19, a dangerous glucose level that can be life-threatening.

That was 12 years ago. Ann has lost more than 100 lbs. She is vigilant about taking her medication, 1,000 mg. of Metformin twice daily, injects 1.8 mg. of Victoza daily and sticks to a low-carbohydrate diet.

Ann lives in Arkansas with her husband. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse for 33 years now. Her success comes from working with her endocrinologist.

“I am very aware of what this disease can do. Dropping the weight, testing my A1c every three months, and keeping acceptable blood sugar levels is a combination of diet and exercise with the right medications. It was trial and error for a while, but now I’ve got the right combination. Sticking to a routine helps. My endocrinologist is great. My work also pays for a health coach who can answer all of my questions. Plus, I received the emotional support I need.” says Ann.

“I am thrilled my A1C has dropped down to 5.6. It did not happen overnight. The hard work paid off. These days my diet doesn’t include any processed meat, bread, potatoes, rice, or pasta. I don’t eat any starchy vegetables or drink any soda. Hydration is essential; water, unsweetened tea, and coffee are my new normal. Every day is an opportunity to stick to my diet, allowing me to enjoy the foods I eat.”

Ann walks or gets on a treadmill. ” I am a work in progress. Each day may not be perfect, but with education and support, people cheering me on, managing Type 2 diabetes is possible.”

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