• terrors terrors
    November 30, 2008
    is an A1c of 5.2 too low
    terrors terrors
    November 30, 2008

    i have been loosely following dr. bernstein's diet for about 10 months. My latest A1c was 5.2 and my dr. thought that was too low. He said recent studies have shown that too tight control or too low a A1c is as bad heart wise as a high A1c. That the benefit/risk of blood glucose levels was a U shaped curve where the problems associated with high A1c and low A1c climb the sides of the U. Do you know about any studies relating to this?

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  • Cherise Nicole
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    December 01, 2008
    Cherise Nicole
    Health Guide
    November 30, 2008

    Terrors-

     

    Hello! I am a Diabetic and I have never heard of having a too low of a number. I know that anything under 6.0 is great and staying under 6.0 helps lower your risk of complications caused by diabetes. I do know it's not good to have yo-yo numbers, for instance if you have 60% of your glucose readings under let's say 80 and the other 40% your above 200; that's not good. Yo-yo'ing isn't healthy at all. That's why it's important to test your blood glucose levels so your Physician can see your trend. If you are maintaining great blood glucose levels averaging between 80-100 to go along with the A1C I think that's great, but I am not a Physician just a person living with Diabetes.  Hope this helps.

     

    Cherise

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  • Massagemaniac January 05, 2009
    Massagemaniac
    November 30, 2008
    The normal range for A1c is 4 to 6. Therefore, 5.2 is fine and healthy. The study you are talking about was done on people that had much higher A1c to begin with, and the tight restrictions affected some adversely. READ MORE
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