Sometimes we will see someone post up a number that they are happy with and will think (or comment) that seems higher or lower than it should be.
I have even read a comment on another forum from a supposed professional that stated an A1C of below 7.0 could be "dangerous". And while that statement is true "in certain conditions", without context it's tough to make a blanket statement that applies to us all.
As Type 2's we need to be aware that our own "individual diabetes" can be very… read more
The Vet's Admin in the US started a study to see if they could prevent advanced heart disease in Type 2's by controlling blood sugar levels to below an A1C of 6.5.
They had to cease the trial because of the high number of deaths being experienced by the participants. Those with existing heart disease can't often take the (system strain) of "medicating" down to a level "that LOW for THEM".
So again, your health care team should have "input".
In general (once again) most Doc's will look for an A1C of "below 7.0". This can really complicate the establishment of a "range".
An A1C of 7.0 which is considered "half decent" would require an average blood sugar of 154 or 8.6 mmols.
That means your "actual range" could be 72 - 236 or 4.0 - 13.2 mmols - WAY outside the "recommended range".
How is this possible? They recommend a blood sugar range of 72-180/4.0-8.0 "on your meter" but an A1C that you arrived at from blood sugar in the range of 72-236/4.0-13.2 is "OK"
So again, direction "specific to you", your overall health considered, your age, how long you have had diabetes etc all need to be considered and whether or not you can do it "without medication" or "without having to increase dosages significantly".
If your Doctor has given you a "range" then follow that. Certainly question if you want to modify that, but don't simply compare yourself to "Bubba" - trying to follow Bubba's range might be too high or too low for your specific needs....
Wishing you n your family a wonderful Holiday time. As always your knowledge is invaluable 💕🌟🤗🌺🌟
Well said Graham and that is hilarious about the turkey and their puffy jackets. I find there is still alot they dont know about diabetes; and different doctors have their own ideas. We just do the best we can and fight and it is wonderful with all your valued information; thanks for that!!
Thank you both - as a Canadian we had our Thanksgiving a month back.
If we waited until now, when the Turkey's are wearing puffy jackets to fend off the freezing cold (was -8C/17F this morning when I went to work), once they were stuffed they would never fit in the oven 😂
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