Lowering HbA1c

So you’ve had a blood test and the doctor has told you your HbA1c is too high. Now you want to know what you can do about that. 

You have either been given drugs like metformin to manage it, or you may have been told that you need to change your diet and lifestyle to reduce it (or both).

You are on the path to Type 2 diabetes and a life of insulin injections, constant blood glucose monitoring, and most probably getting fat (from the extra insulin and carbs).

The good news is that this is reversible. But only by changing your diet. It is not reversible with medication/drugs. 

For the technically minded

The hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test measures the amount of blood sugar (glucose) attached to your hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.

The HbA1c blood test is used to find out if you have diabetes or prediabetes. It’s also used to check how well-controlled your diabetes is if you have it.

A blood cell lasts for two to three months, so the HbA1c test shows the average of your blood glucose levels over this length of time.

A result of 40 mmol/mol or lower is normal for people without diabetes.

If your result is between 41 and 49, you have prediabetes.

If your result is 50 or higher, you have diabetes.

What is happening is your insulin receptors are not responding to the insulin, (known as insulin resistance). Therefore the glucose remains circulating in the blood instead of being taken into the cells (of the muscle). It then sticks to the circulating red blood cells and hence the higher HbA1c level. 

What also happens is the insulin tries to get the liver to take in the glucose which it can do until it reaches saturation. Liver glycogen is the storage form of glucose and is used to fuel the brain. 

Once the liver stores are full it doesn’t want any more glucose, but the insulin keeps trying to get the liver to take in more. In response the liver starts repackaging the glucose into fat molecules and sending it to be stored in fat cells, hence the easy weight gain that people often experience when insulin metabolism is impaired.  

Together, we can do this

Reverse insulin resistance

Return HbA1c to healthy levels

Reduce inflammation

Reduce uric acid levels

Improve kidney function

Improve liver health

Lose excess body fat

I will design you a menu plan that achieves all of the above. I will also check in with you several times each week to see how you are going and provide support and motivation. 

You share your BG readings with me and I’ll ask about what your planning on having for your next meals and what you’ve had recently to eat. 

If you’re on fast acting and/or slow acting insulin we will slowly taper them down as we adjust your food choices. The goal being you will no longer require insulin, and have normal glucose metabolism again 

For a one-off fee we will work together
for as long as it takes

There is a one-time fee for this program, and we work together for as long as it takes for you to get your HbA1c to normal. 

If you don’t do anything then over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the body’s organs. Possible long-term effects include damage to large (macrovascular) and small (microvascular) blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and problems with the kidneys, eyes, gums, feet and nerves.

The one-time fee (an investment in your health!) is $2995 NZD ($1789 USD). 

Simple send me an email and we can organise a discovery call at no cost. 

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