So, I just got my most recent set of blood work and the numbers are very good. That makes me happy. What makes me very confused is that these numbers are very close to my numbers from 6 months ago, but I have been not living the same lifestyle over the last month or so as I was in the 4 months prior to the last set of tests. The only difference that should help is that I am now on metformin. Is it really that powerful?
In April I have spent the previous 4 months following a very low carb diet and being very careful about following my numbers. I had been getting enough sleep and work was not especially stressful. My fasting glucose number was 87, my A1C was 5.8, and my c-peptide was 0.62 (scale of 0.8 - 3.10). Due to the low c-peptide and the fact that I was eating as good as I could and my A1C was still pre-diabetic (I was gestationally diabetic 3 times, but since then only diagnosed as pre-diabetic) the doctor prescribed metformin (500 twice a day).
Since the end of August work has been extremely stressful, I have been getting little sleep (due to all that work), I have had little time for exercise and I have been eating terribly (not paying attention to what I put in my mouth - just going for what is close by and will give me energy). All of those things that are supposed to worsen my numbers. I have been rarely checking my numbers since I didn't believe I was going to be able to do anything about them and I didn't want to know. So, my blood work came back today and my fasting glucose number was 85, my A1C was 5.8, and my c-peptide was 0.82 (at the low end of the normal scale). So, either my lifestyle makes no difference to my blood sugar numbers or metformin is making a HUGE difference.
Or perhaps, I just get strange lab results. Maybe I am super insulin-sensitive (despite history of hypoglycemia and three cases of early development of gestational diabetes) and a high glycator.
Again, I am very happy, but confused. (All my numbers were good - blood pressure 102/64, pulse 52, HDL 63, LDL 91, triglycerides 35, BMI 21.7. Apparently I should always be stressed out, getting little sleep, little exercise, and eating poorly!)