I know that nobody on here is able to give medical advice...unfortunately, the medical advice I've been given (Or lack of advice) has made things difficult. The WBB community has knowledge/experience that I trust to guide me in the right direction.
2011 for a variety of reasons I had blood tests every other month, all good and healthy. Then in July I had cellulitis and another blood check, HbA1c was 5.3 (They checked for diabetes because I'm overweight). In Nov/Dec it spiked to 6.3. Then today I had another test and it spiked to 7.4.
I've been at the gym 3 days a week for almost a year (Except when sick). I've been jogging up my 10 flights of stairs almost every day since the 6.3 score (Not long, but I needed to get off my ass during long days at the computer).
Including today's doctor, I've see 3 about this spike. The general consensus is 'eat 1800 calories over 3 meals per day' They came to the 1800 calorie conclusion based on my height. Since I felt I had some form of hypoglycemia (As another doctor had told me I may have had since other tests showed no other reason for my dizziness) I started to eat more on stressful workdays and since then I have not felt dizzy in anyway, I feel normal. The 3 doctors had no answer as to how I should handle this. 1 suggested I might eat one way 5 days a week and then shift to another way (Allowing for more carbs, meals) 2 days a week. But from what I've read, your meals should be consistent if you have diabetes.
Today's doctor wasn't alarmed by how high the number was, just by how fast it got there. I can't think of anything in my diet that would have contributed to this. I eat the same food almost every day. 3500 calories over the course of 5-6 meals.
So...long story short, doctor says I need to cut the calories in half and eat at the same time everyday for most days of the week. Exercise is something I already do but he said I should focus more on cardio. I don't know if this is true but he pulled a page of the internet out, translated it as such:
Aerobic exercise, such as running or walking, can lower your blood sugar levels when you expend energy. Anaerobic exercise may have the opposite effect, temporarily raising blood sugar levels due to a delayed release of glucose.
True/Untrue...I don't know the science behind it as well as some on here.
So, how would a person who is diabetic train/eat in order to lower the HbA1c while trying to lower weight and keep from falling asleep due to lack of energy? My doctor said "Listen to your body." Which is what I do, but as I'm reading about diabetes I see that eating before/after is more important than for those who aren't diabetic. And this is going against the advice of the doctors who say 'eat 3 meals a day'.