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Old 02-21-2014, 15:13   #1
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For some reason I keep reading diabetes articles on CNN.com and getting mad when they promote outdated and dangerous info. For instance the article below touts this person for finally getting her diabetes under control after losing all her teeth. Among the bad advice is the statement that normal BG is "between 110 and 125". I need to stop reading these articles... http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/health...-sia-diabetes/

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I avoid reading this kind of garbage any more. All it does is piss me off.

With this kind of reporting in the major media is it any wonder that diabetes is fast becoming and epidemic. I read an article the other day that estimated diabetes is now the 7th leading cause of death world wide!!!!

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I do the same thing, then kick myself for doing it. I guess that I'm hoping for something better. The diabetes section of my insurance company, Harvard Health Care, touts a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and low fat dairy. Horrifying! I just signed up for their diabetes education program, hoping to bring about change from there.

Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston does have the right view Goals for Blood Glucose Control | Joslin Diabetes Center so I can use their information as backing.

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It's disappointing because it just perpetuates the wrong advice for so many. I had a discussion with a friend who is prediabetic and lost both parents to diabetes. When he said that going low carb (keto in my case) was unnecessary if you had carbs/sugar "in moderation" because that's what his parents' docs said was ok, I had a tough time convincing him otherwise -- even though both parents DIED FROM DIABETES COMPLICATIONS. The medical community needs a sea change in their understanding and approach to diabetes.

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I do the same thing, then kick myself for doing it. I guess that I'm hoping for something better. The diabetes section of my insurance company, Harvard Health Care, touts a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and low fat dairy. Horrifying! I just signed up for their diabetes education program, hoping to bring about change from there.

Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston does have the right view Goals for Blood Glucose Control | Joslin Diabetes Center so I can use their information as backing.

Huh? Even my doctor called those numbers outdated and wrong. For diabetics, they suggest:

As high as 130 waking
As high as 130 before lunch
As high as 180 two hours after meals
As high as 150 before bed
A1C as high as 7%

Although the first pamphlet I was given had numbers ALMOST that bad, my doctor quickly told me to ignore them and gave me another publication with much more realistic numbers - pretty much exactly the numbers for "non-diabetics" per Joslin.

Even the numbers they give for "non-diabetics" are obsolete. Normal A1C as far as I know is regarded as 5.6 or less. They say 6.0. For "non-diabetics", they give:

As high as 100 waking - I agree, but prefer < 90
As high as 110 before lunch - all fasting and before meals should be <100 IMO
As high as 140 two hours after meals - Better than 180, but I only accept 120 (that's what I've seen in normal family members at most)
As high as 150 before bed - Insanity. That's WAY too high.

A1C as high as 7%. I have yet to see a lab report which calls that "in range"!

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Yeah that one p'd me off too ... I try to read them for trends but there do not seem to be any -- and the reformatting of several news sites recently has me avoiding them, anyhow.

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Could have screamed reading that article.

I fully expect my endo to pat me on the back and declare me fine after next month's readings and my significant weight loss- but hopefully he will be responsible. He did say I should consider myself allergic to carbs and all sugars for the rest of my life...but, he also said "lose some weight, jump on the Mediterranean diet, and I think you will be fine" (what is fine? Not FB D YET?!). So, although my guy isnt worthless, I think he sends mixed messages that leads to personal and reckless interpretation.

I agree Salim on the parameters you posted.

As high as 100 waking: only when on medication since dx (3X and max was 109)
As high as 110 before lunch - Ive never reached over 110 before lunch, always in 80s before meals
As high as 140 two hours after meals - 109 is my highest 1 hour post meal to date since I started testing
As high as 150 before bed - Nope- 99 is my highest (and I was on Rxs)

Will be interesting to see what the A1C says verses my meter.

See why I think I'll be deemed cured?! Ugh!

I've never been above 110 FBG.

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Thank you Salim, for keeping me in check. It's just seems so much better than most of the information out there.

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