Re: Diabetes Criteria
- From: Jenny <lottadata@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 09:54:58 -0400
On Sat, 01 Jul 2006 03:34:41 GMT, guys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (guy) spewed
From my experience, A sugar level of120 is not harmful. You see the damage when
the blood sugar reaches like 200 or greater.
Probably even higher.
Unfortunately, a lot of the people who have blood sugars averaging in the 120s never live to see their blood sugar reach an average of 200 because they have heart attacks.
That's the story in our family, at least. A few diabetics (female) and a lot of non-overweight men who drop dead of first heart attacks in their late 50s or 60s.
Over the past ten years the amount of data that has emerged linking non-diabetic A1cs to heart attack risk make the whole issue of where is the cutoff moot. Not having retinopathy is pretty useless if you're dead.
More to the point, what people don't understand, and which I only learned recently is that one of the earliest diabetic complications is neuropathy, including that of the autonomic nerves that control things like heart beat. So there's another possible reason why cardiac death may be some common with elevated blood sugars, including those too low to be diagnosed by the fasting blood sugar test.
You're probably right, but how long should I wait before I take steps
to control my blood sugar? What if things I do for myself don't work
and I need medical intervention? Should I wait until I've been
*consistently* above 300 for months or even several years? Should I
wait until my feet are numb and I'm losing my sight? I think we all
can agree that microscopic damage starts early, before most people are
aware of a problem. I also think we can agree that the earlier we
know of a problem the easier it is to deal with it.
I'd love to be "not-diabetic", but there's no going back. It looks
like I'm losing beta cell function so no amount of diet modification
or excercise will save me now...
Reply to the list as I do not publish an email address to USENET.
This practice has cut my spam by more than 95%. Of course, I did have to abandon a perfectly good email account...
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