I have just gotten my blood glucose results and they were 7.3. Is that bad? What should it be? Will I need to take tablets?
I am not sure if you are referring to your A1C results or your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is 7.3 mmol (131 mg/dL) then this is actually almost in target, as the goal is less than 7.3 for people with diabetes. If however you are referring to the A1C results, your A1C is a bit above target. For most people, the A1C goal is less than 7%. A goal of 6.5 % is reasonable for younger, healthy adults who aren’t on any glucose-lowering medicines. We tend to avoid the terms “good” or “bad” in that they may make people feel like they are “good” or “bad.” Instead, we like to say “high,” “low” or “in target.” You ask if medicines are needed, and the answer is probably “yes,” but that has less to do with your number being “high” and more to do with new thinking about how to best treat diabetes. Aggressive, early treatment with both lifestyle and medicine is encouraged. Practitioners are starting patients on medicine much earlier, even when the A1C is less than 7%. Ask your doctor about this medicine and see if it is right for you. Medication, in combination with lifestyle changes, is the key to long lasting, well controlled diabetes.