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   Posted 1/9/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't want my A1C to be less than 6.0 or my BS (FBS or other times) to be less than 90-100..I will be pleased with 95-105..

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   Posted 1/9/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not that long ago the medical community was saying an A1C under 7 was normal and a FBS of 80-100 was also normal...or excellent. Fairly recently though they have tighten things up to where low/mid 5's to low 6's (depending on which book they are using at that moment) is the goal. There have also been changes made in converting the BGR's to a corresponding A1C number which is one of the reasons the new generally accepted guidelines have a lower goal.

Since meter readings are suppose to be guide and the A1C the holy grail for blood sugar control I really wish the USA would adopt the type of meters that many countries use which gives the same scale the A1C's use. IMHO it would make it a lot easier to understand where you stand on your BS control.
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   Posted 1/9/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, Jim. I've had times when my BGL's have been running consistently a little high, yet my A1C was 5.8.

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   Posted 1/9/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim, you can change your meter to read in mmol/L (instead of mg/dL) which is what most other countries use, but that system does not equal the A1c.   For example, an A1c of 6.0 = 7.0 mmol/L.   Look up at the sticky Diabetes Resources.  There is a post there with the blood sugar conversion and also a link to a site that will convert readings for you.
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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have type 1, I try to aim a little lower. I like my A1C below 5.5 and my fbs below 90. My ideal range would be 70 - 120, but it's hard to stay within those limits actually consume food. If I stay below 160 after a meal I consider that a win.
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