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Re: [IPk] Re: Question on lowering BG's

Hey y'all,

The lower bg targets are NOT ARBITRARY figures based on non-diabetic levels. 
They are recommended in light of the Diabetes Control and Complications 
Trial (published 1994), a long-term study on type 1--the most comprehensive 
EVER--which showed conclusively that the closer a person with diabetes keeps 
his/her blood sugar to non-diabetic levels, the lower the risk of 
complications. Complications were *70%* (70%! Really!) less likely in the 
subjects of the study who got HbA1cs closer to 7 than they were in the 
subjects who routinely had higher HbA1cs.

See http://www.diabetic.com/education/pubs/dcct_st/index.htm#
for some brief info on the DCCT.

Shame on your doctors and DSNs for not giving you access to the findings of 
the DCCT. Without knowledge of the long-term benefits of better control, the 
occasional inconveniences in the short term are quite a lot more 

IDDM 9+ years; MiniMed pumper 6+ years
Co-ordinator, Oxford University Student Union Diabetes Network

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