When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes it was very overwhelming, a life changing experience. It was a really great idea to know my A1C levels early on because it corresponds with my blood glucose levels, for example:
A1C level Average blood sugar level
5 percent 80 mg/dL (4.4 mmol/L)
6 percent 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L)
7 percent 150 mg/dL (8.3 mmol/L)
8 percent 180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L)
9 percent 210 mg/dL (11.7 mmol/L)
Also, things to remember: Carbohydrates are the main kind of food that raises blood sugar levels. It is very important to be aware of the amount of carbohydrates I eat; I always need to keep in mind the amount of food I intake such as ½ cup vs. 1 cup. And lastly, a food for thought!
Simple carbohydrates: require little digestion and thus are a quick energy source. Fruits, fruit juices and milk contain simple sugars (carbohydrates) that provide valuable nutrients in addition to an energy boost. Candies, table sugar, alcoholic beverages and sweetened soft drinks are simple sugar sources that provide calories, but usually no nutrients.
Complex carbohydrates: are found in grains, some vegetables and legumes. They are starches and require more digestion than simple carbohydrates. Rich in B-vitamins, fiber and iron, complex carbohydrates from grains are the body’s best source of energy because they are burned in a constant, time released manner. They provide energy and can help manage blood sugar irregularities. The fiber found in complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables can help lower blood cholesterol in some people when eaten a low fiber diet.
Managing my diabetes: There are a couple of things I would like to mention before getting started. Normal blood sugar level ranges from 70-120 mg/dl with an A1C level between 4.5 and 7 percent. My target goal is to stay around 90 mg/dl with A1C levels between 5 and 6. I’ve decided to use an insulin pen...