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How Much CONTROL Is Enough?
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Yesterday on Henry's daily call we got into a bit of a discussion about what A1C is "good enough" and I am going to expand some of my personal thoughts on that here.

There is some percentage of us Type 2's that seem to never be satisfied with our A1C even if it's (really) Good Enough.

Just like some bunch in wider society we are driven to do better, go faster, last longer, make more, build bigger or whatever. That can be a good thing because it drives innovation. Otherwise we still might be… read more

posted July 23, 2022 (edited)
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A DiabetesTeam Member

Graham, straight up: Control is a fickle beast. Too much of it is…nothing less than obsession.

In your particular case, genetics is the driving force propelling you to keep diabetes at bay. It appears you’re doing just that.

So, ….for you, control is an effort to not procure something negative.
Summed up: Your “All-In” with your effort..

…..and as we know, Diabetes is definitely a negative.

Keep up the Texas Hold-em mentality…

posted July 24, 2022 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Interesting observations Graham. I’m blessed to stay under 6.0 (so far) but I realize there are many factors at play. I walked a lot during our recent vacation & was happy to see the good effect on my BS.🙏

posted July 23, 2022
A DiabetesTeam Member

Yes sometimes smaller goals when newly diagnosed help more then the big picture. When diagnosed in 2019 my A1C was 11.9 %, by the time I joined this group 3 months later I was down to 8.9 %, in July 2020 I went down to 6.5 %, July 2021 I was down to 5.8 %.

Now this year I got Covid in mid January and my numbers went hiking for a few months, my CGM Libre was projecting an A1C of 6.2 % (but due to the fact a CGM is not always as precise I estimated a 6.4 %). I was shocked to get a 6.1 % in June 2022, while that morning blood test drawn my fasting blood sugar level was only 6.0, guess I was doing better then I thought I was. My GP stated the higher A1C in June this year, was only due to the fact my numbers took a hike for a few months post Covid, they are much improved now also. Therefore I will accept that 6.1 %, while continuing to try and get it below 6.0 % again, where I wish it to be at, but will not beat myself up for getting a B instead of an A +.

I think we should always strive to be in range rather then a specific number, but there will be times when ill or stressed, where our bodies are figthing the good fight (such as my 5 autoimmune diseases), we have no control over such stuff. But all we can do is control what we ingest, that part is easy, what our bodies do is not always that easy. So concentrate on what you can control.

As my doctor stated, even an A1C of 6.1 % while not being on any diabetic medications and having 18 diseases with no cure, where 5 of those are autoimmune (my body battles itself each day and destroys me in the process). She states anything below 6.5 % is acceptable, but I still want to remain below 6.0 % for less complications in the future, seeing my body complicates itself lol, the food battle is the only thing I can control and concentrate on. Below is an A1C chart I use to remind me what is normal (green), OK (yellow), danger zone (red)

posted August 3, 2022
A DiabetesTeam Member

@A DiabetesTeam Member I think the biggest thing that I really liked about you right away when I first joined this group, was when you would tell me "Take the win". When I really honestly think about how things once were for me OMG!!! !25 FBS is even a win. Now that I am seeing numbers lower and have even had some scary Hypo's I do not hate myself when I am 115 or even 135. I can not be a self-loathing person. With Diabetes there are gonna be days when things go wonky and I am not perfect. there are going to be days when I go low also. thing is I know what to do to fix it. I am proud of myself. You will never see me bawling my eyes out if I am 1o3. I have better days than bad days. Yes, I might be disapionted if I fell into late-night eating...but again I can fix it and try again the next day. For me what matters is that I am doing far better than I was about 5 years back. I am getting educated, I am proud of myself. Thank you for all of your wisdom and research "Education Over Ignorance" Is my Motto.

posted July 23, 2022
A DiabetesTeam Member

Graham, again I appreciate your information 😊. Thankful praise God that I'm under 6.0 and it's not easy but I'm often reminded that I can't eat like I use too and I feel better with more energy when eating less but more veggies and berries 🍒🍓🫐 also drinking plenty water and my 10,000 steps 5 days a week.
Bless us all, we have each other 🥰💕

posted July 23, 2022

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