Saturday, November 23, 2013
Here are two links to articles that Kris Kresser has written about blood sugar and why the American Diabetes Association may not be telling the whole story:
My own take on this is that it would be much safer to stay as far away from the abyss (high blood sugar levels) as possible, especially if it is possible to do this with diet alone.
My plan is to get my A1c level down to 5.6, which is considered normal, by the end of the year. But my plan for 2014 is to get it down in the 4's. Whether this is possible I have no idea but I see no reason not to try.
So far, the lower my A1c levels are the better I feel and the better my memory functions, the better my vision is and the better my muscles function. Who knows what else improves that I'm not even aware of.
I may also take Chris' advice and test my post-prandial blood glucose from time to time.
One highly respected expert on diabetes who also argues that a normal A1 c level is in the 4's or low 5's is Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of this very helpful book on managing diabetes who is himself a type 1 diabetic and very successful in managing his disease.
Here is a short video-link that relates to the subject of A1c levels: