My first post-diagnosis A1c was 5.4, down from 13.8. While I’m sure the insulin I was taking had a part of play in that, I also made the effort to get into the habit of working out regularly and watching my diet.
When I made the switch for insulin shots to Metformin, I cut back on carbs pretty drastically and upped the exercise quota. While I can’t exercise daily because I spend so much time on campus, I stay active by doing things like walking home from the MRT (you call it subway) station instead of taking a bus and walking to places in uni. My last A1c, taken just yesterday, is 5.3.
I have managed to maintain decent blood sugar control by eating low-carb and working out. I have to stick to a sort-of regiment, meaning I take regular meals with a snack either in the morning or afternoon, depending on my schedule for the day and that takes work and some planning especially when I want to go out and hang around with friends, like I do on weekends. A lot of hard work goes into maintaining good blood sugars and I am darn proud that I’ve managed to do this within 6 months of diagnosis.