Yesterday I took my Mom to the doctor because her blood sugar is out of control. Mom is Type-2 and regularly has a morning fasting BS in the 50s. However, by mid-afternoon it will be in the 210-250 range. She has also been on a weight loss plan and has lost 40 lbs in the past 8 months. Mom also takes 1000 mg of Metformin 2x's a day and 10mg Glymeperide 2x's per day. Mom has stopped taking her Lantus regularly a couple of months ago because her blood sugar was going too low, but she would take a shot if her BS got above 250. All of her lab test came back with good results, A1c was 6.5. Our doctor said that she is not concerned about the 200s but the 50s are an issue. She told her to stop taking the Lantus as needed and to do five minutes on the treadmill instead. Dr also said that the next pill to eliminate is the evening Glymeperide.
I asked why are you not concerned about the 200s. She said that at a recent conference she went to, one of the discussions/studies was about how having tight control over diabetes and trying to get BS numbers to the normal range did nothing to improve the health status of most people. In fact it killed some because their BS went too low. Doc said to let go of my philosophy that the closer to normal your blood sugar the less likely to have complications. Have any of you heard this theory before? How do you feel about this advice?