Good score DMW. Getting it down from there to 7.3. Only .4 to 'normality'! I think the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks can have a detrimental effect if you drink a lot. I remember a study that said that they had absolutely no effect, but as with mobile phones, I'd say that caution is the watchword. If I can be any more vague, I'll let you know!
Well, on the one hand there is nothing in diet Pepsi which should raise your blood sugars. On the other hand, I can't understand why anyone would want to drink it. Revolting! It still tastes apallingly sweet and have you seem what it does to a coin if you drop it in there for a while? Maybe I'm a food fascist but drinking those sorts of things certainly won't do you any good.
Oh, and while I'm in ranting mode, who on earth thinks an HbA1C of 6.9% is 'normality'? I hope that was a joke I just didn't get. 6.9% is equivalent to an average blood sugar of 180 mg/dl or 10 mmol/l which before long will get you a one-way ticket to all sorts of diabetic complications. A normal healthy adults HbA1C is in the range of 4.3 - 4.6%; that's what I'd call normality. You don't have to accept what so many physicians might call an 'acceptible' HbA1C. Normal blood sugars ARE achievable. And I've had Type 1 for 26 years by the way.
There, now I'll try to calm down......
All the best,
who on earth thinks an HbA1C of 6.9% is 'normality'? I hope that was a joke I just didn't get. 6.9% is equivalent to an average blood sugar of 180 mg/dl or 10 mmol/l which before long will get you a one-way ticket to all sorts of diabetic complications. A normal healthy adults HbA1C is in the range of 4.3 - 4.6%; that's what I'd call normality. You don't have to accept what so many physicians might call an 'acceptible' HbA1C. Normal blood sugars ARE achievable. And I've had Type 1 for 26 years by the way.
The International Diabetes Federation and American College of Endocrinology recommends HbA1c values below 6.5%, while the range recommended by the American Diabetes Association extends to 7%.
OK, that might not be 'normal' levels, but that quote goes with what I've read elsewhere and been told by my doctor, regarding levels for us lot. My most recent test (last week) was 6.1%. Anything over 6 and they calculate the mean b/s, which according to the lab was 6.5. My records would put it at bit below that. It was a disappointing result as my a1cs had been consistently in the mid to high 5s, but I'd had a pretty indifferent few months. However, I know what you mean about having 'normal' b/s and a1c levels and hats off to you for doing achieving your numbers.
I think that most type 2's have a good bit of insulin resistance which makes it very hard for us to get the consistent low BG levels that are needed to achieve an A1c in the 4.3-4.6 range. From what I've seen, even if a type 2 is using insulin- it's used more like a pill (take your shot every night before bed). A proper low-carb diet and lots of exercise help, of course, but there is really no way for us to make those small corrections that Bernstein talks about in his book. In my own case, now that I don't take the pancreas stimulator any more, it is difficult for me to get below a bg level of the mid-80's. I tend to run in the low 90's unless I am doing a lot of slow, endurance type exercise like walking around the mall, shopping, vacuuming, or mowing the lawn - and even then I drop only to maybe 82-85. My A1c has been at 5.2 for 6 months now (down from 15 just one year ago come July), and I think I may not be able to go any lower until I am able to lose more weight and or build more muscle. My long range goal is to get it to 4.9 or under.
I fully agree with you that the so-called standards given by the medical associations are way too high. They really show the minimum probability for delaying complications based on those large studies that come out every so often. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor gave me such a chart and told me that if I could get my A1c to 7.0, it would most likely take X number of years before I might need my leg amputated- I asked her what A1c I needed to have to not get my leg amputated at all- and she told me 5 or under, but that was almost an impossibility for a diabetic.
Well, I just love a challenge - and I'm getting close.
Holy mackeral, Sandy. Are you saying the doctor told you that A1c tests in the 6's would most likely lead to amputations sometime in the future?
Post Edited (4sons) : 6/22/2007 1:18:39 PM (GMT-6)
Well, Sandy, I was sitting here with my mouth gaping open reading your post. (And since my mouth was open, I popped in 2 squares of Lindt 70% dark chocolate.) Now, I realize all the more reason to stick to this new lifestyle. I'm hoping my next A1c will be lower than 5.6 which was last month. I'll be seeing the doctor again in September, so I have a target month. I found the Lindt chocolate bar but not the individually wrapped pieces. The supposed serving is 4 squares but that's 220 calories, so I'll eat one or two squares and if it's after a meal (like tonight), they won't really affect my blood sugar. I just can't eat the chocolate in between meals as a snack. about the brain: Way back several years ago, an article in Readers' Digest citing a study in the Archives of Neurology said the male brain shrinks faster than the female brain as we age resulting in poorer memory, more depression and irritability ("grumpy old men"?) because older men's brains metabolize glucose at a faster rate than when they were younger, whereas the older female brain seems to reduce its metabolic rate and not have as high a need of glucose. Yet, most Alzheimer's patients are female. An interesting study, I think.
In any case, thanks for the information about the A1c. It sounds like you've made a complete turnaround in the last year! Great!