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Re: [IP] A1c (was Happiness is a good A1c)

I also am more afraid of dying right now from a coma/low bg than the long 
term damage from high's. I hate the lows at 3 am, where it takes me minutes 
to wake up & recognize that I have a problem. Each time it is caused from 
taking too much insulin in my quest to get the levels down. I have woken in 
the morning wondering if I slept through a low or was it a dream. This 
morning I went for an A1C, & hooked back up to the pump.
My stratgey is too loose 20 pounds, continue on the pump, & continue to keep 
records, & to test a lot.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kathy Benedict" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:53 AM
Subject: [IP] A1c (was Happiness is a good A1c)

> Christine said
> To those whose doctors want
>> > you to keep the A1c at 7.0 and above, that's an average ~170 mg/dl 
>> > BG --
>> > that
>> > is definitely high enough to cause complications down the road. For me,
>> > it is
>> > imperative, according to my doctor, that I get it above 6.0, because my
>> > lows
>> > can be life-threatening (I've had a series over the last few weeks that
>> > have
>> > been terrifying), but I'm stubborn and bull-headed and I just don't 
>> > want
>> > to do
>> > it.
> Christine,
> I understand that uncontrolled diabetes can cause complications, but I'm
> curious about where you found a definite number (average 170) that will
> causecomplications down the road.  Personally, although I do believe that 
> high
> blood sugar is a contributing factor in various complications, I also 
> believe
> that how high an average glucose reading causes them and how severe they 
> are
> is a genetic crap-shoot.   It is certainly incorrect to diagnose people 
> whom
> you don't know well as "she had kidney disease, but of course, she didn't 
> take
> care of her diabetes" (or amputated toes, or foot problems, or is 
> overweight).
> In my opinion, if you are having life-threatening hypoglycemia, you might 
> want
> to seek counseling or help with why you are so terrified of brief periods 
> of
> higher blood sugar.  Sometimes (in my experience) parents of children with
> diabetes are particularly prone to being convinced that if their child's 
> blood
> glucose is even slightly elevated, that they have caused irreparable 
> damage
> (and are therefore automatically guilty of any complications that do
> develop).
> I've had diabetes (type 1) for 46 years, and so far my "complications" 
> have
> consisted of very small (too small to treat) stable (over years) spots on 
> my
> retina, and a tenancy for body parts to "fall asleep" if I sit wrong or 
> wear
> the wrong pair of shoes.  I know that everyone's mileage may vary, but I 
> am
> interested in where that number you quoted came from (I can always learn
> something new).  But I am a little concerned for your long-term health if 
> you
> keep on considering hypoglycemia a small price to pay for avoiding
> complications -- I have been told (by doctors and CDE's) that excessive
> hypoglycemia can cause complications of its own.
> Take care.
> .
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