A1C level minimum

By Dean0868 Latest Reply 2012-06-23 16:32:44 -0500
Started 2012-06-22 17:30:26 -0500

Has anyone heard of having an a1c that is too low? I recently read an article published in the Lancet a couple of years ago. A study of 48,000 diabetics showed that a1cs lower than 7.0 led to an increased amount of death due to a cardiovascular incident.

What kind of information have any of you seen about this subject?

8 replies

Nick1962 2012-06-23 11:19:32 -0500 Report

As Kirla suggests, I think the risk was for those already with heart disease, and the amount of meds taken. The ADA apparently is cutting older folks with heart disease some slack. They review this yearly
In 2009 they wanted levels between 5.7 and 6.4 to be considered pre-diabetic.
My doctor wants me between 4 and 6 (though I doubt I’ll ever see a 4).
I would think anything lower than 4 would be an indicator of malnutrition.

Kirla 2012-06-22 18:30:59 -0500 Report

From what I understand the deaths were directly related to the amount of drugs these people were taking. Most of them that died were on huge amounts of oral meds and or insulin.

I believe if you can learn to balance your meals and cut back on starchy high carb foods and control blood sugar on limited amount of meds or better yet learn to control with diet and exercise only, your chances of developing complications goes way down and risk of dying early goes down also.

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