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Old 02-03-2016, 18:27   #1
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I'm not asking what your doctor recommends or what you'll realistically strive for. I'm talkin' you find a magic diabetes genie who will grant you whatever A1C you choose for the rest of your life. What A1C level would you ask for?

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Between 4-5% but really it is the blood sugar rise after meals that is most important. The A1c will come down with honest blood sugar control. It isn't magic. It is chemistry.

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The HbA1c standard recommended by doctors tends to run about 6.5% or 7.0%. Using the latest standards this level maps to an average blood sugar of between 140 and 155 mg/dL.

If you review the information on http://www.bloodsugar101.com - http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045621.php you'll see that figures above 140 are generally recognised as damaging long term.

Joining the 5% club is a much better idea - with a blood sugar average of 97(5.0%) to 123 (5.9%) your risk of complications is very much reduced!


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I am curious about the personal goals of individuals, rather than of institutions. I know what doctors recommend; I want to know if this aligns (or not) with individuals' goals.

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There is only one individual whose goal should matter to you. And that is your own. What others do or do not do is academic.

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"Like" John. I agree absolutely.

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I understand that there is no magic cure-all. Believe me, I have worked my butt off to meet my own A1C goal. I am curious what ACTUAL personal A1C goals are of individuals in this community, though. I want to know because many people in the threads seem excited about joining the 5% club, while others may not want such a low A1C. In this forum, in which we talk so often about our BS and about attaining goals, I think it is relevant to acknowledge that we all have different goals.

I agree that each person chooses their own personal goal, but we do so after input from doctors/literature/the diabetic community. If it weren't for websites, dietitians, and conversations with peers, I would have no idea what a good or a bad BS was. And I would not be able to then work toward an understanding of what a good or bad BS was for me. I am not asking people to tell me what my ideal A1C should be, or what anybody else's should be. I am only curious about the number they feel would be the absolute best for them and their body.

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I told you mine. My last A1c was 5.8. My goal is normal blood sugars for a person without diabetes. I am working toward that by controlling what I eat. I have been taking metformin for about 5 years, now 1000 mg twice a day. I had bad experiences with other diabetic drugs. Didn't know anything about LCHF until I joined this forum. Before that I ate sorta South Beach since shortly after the first book came out. And my fasting BG and A1c gradually crept up and I was prescribed other drugs. I found this forum as a link from Jenny Ruhl's BloodSugar101 website. I would say it saved my life.

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My goal would be 5%.
I just got my A1C today and it's 5.5%. I am over the moon from happiness. When I was diagnosed in the summer, the A1C was 10.9%. I can happily live with 5.5%, but will keep on trying to hit 5%.

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The lab my doctor uses sets the upper limit of normal A1c at 5.6 so I am above that as of last month. There probably is a lower limit below which someone would be in trouble but I don't know what that is.

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