Post Edited (MattsPop) : 6/27/2009 10:46:14 PM (GMT-6)
From everything I've read, diabetics who can keep their blood sugar to normal or near-normal levels can avoid complications later in life. "Later in life" only means after some years from the age that we're having trouble controlling the blood sugar. Higher blood sugar still harms older people just as much as younger ones. Warren, maybe I'm misreading what you mean in your post, but I wonder if you're comparing the A1c numbers to the mmol/L measuring system because they're not the same. An A1c of 7 is equal to 8.6 mmol/L on a blood glucose meter. Here's a website that shows the conversion from A1c to either mmol/L or mg/dL (which we use in the States).