I recently received an interesting question (which I paraphrase below): Nondiabetics' mean blood sugar level is around 83 mg/dl, whereas our teachers and the ADA recommend keeping it between 80 to 120 mg/dl. This is allowing patients to leave it >30% higher than where they could have been with better control. Is this not the reason of having a lot of vascular and neurological complications? Are the advisors giving loose and harmful advice? Is there a way to have a real fact and clinical study to base the advice for the benefit of people afflicted with diabetes? My answer: The concern about targeting normal values for blood glucose and A1C in people with diabetes has always been the issue of provoking hypoglycemia if aiming for normal values. Recently, there's been an additional concern identified when aiming for perfection: In patients with T2DM plus cardiovascular disease (or cardiovascular risk), aiming for lower values of A1C (below 6) increased the risk of death compared to aiming fo...
I am taking Chloroquine prescribed for my EOA. I noticed my blood glucose leves are back to normal, which is a good thing. My father is diabetic and I am "prediabetic"...........or I used to be.
I did some research on Chlorquine and discovered several studies stating that this anti-malarial medcine lowers blood glucose levels significantly. That would mean that someone who has low blood sugar on a regular basis would have to be monitored closely while taking Chloroquine. For someone like myself, who is trying to hold off diabetes, this side effect is a welcome one. My fasting blood sugar this morning was 90 (normal is 80 to 100). It has been several years since my fasting blood sugar was in the normal range. Woo Hoo!
One study went so far as to question the link between insulin resistance and other autoimmune disorders. They think there may be one...but that was just one study I found on the web.
Just wanted t...
Does your hemoglobin A1c level not appear to agree with the average meter readings you get at home? You're not alone.
There are numerous reasons your A1c might appear to be higher or lower than what you were expecting. The most common reason is related to the fact that your A1c reflects an average blood glucose (BG) level. You can have a lot of highs but also a lot of lows and end up with a relatively normal A1c, the same as you'd have if you kept your BG levels normal all the time.
But this isn't the only reason for variation.
The A1c depends on glycation of the hemoglobin in your red blood cells (RBCs). Glycation means adding glucose, and the higher your BGs are, the more glucose you'll add to the hemoglobin.
Anything that affects the lifetime of your RBCs, which are assumed to live 120 days, will affect the A1c. If you give blood or have some kind of internal bleeding, or if you have a hemolytic anemia, you will lose some of the older RBCs cells wit...
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