I feel comfortable with my diabetes and I do cheat on my diet but I walk and can drop my numbers. In April my A1c was 5.6, today it is 5.9. Am I okay, or am I cheating too much? Thanks, Diane

Amy Campbell


No one can be “perfect” with their eating plan 100 percent of the time. It’s perfectly normal to go “off” your plan (as opposed to “cheat”) once in a while. As far as your A1C goes, it’s well within target. The A1C goal for most people with diabetes is less than 7 percent; an A1C of 5.9 percent is actually rather low for someone with diabetes. This shouldn’t be an issue, however, unless you’re having a lot of low blood glucose levels. Keep in mind that type 2 diabetes changes over time. This means that the pancreas naturally starts to make less insulin, and sometimes, the insulin that you do make doesn’t work as well as it should (called insulin resistance). At this point, blood glucose and A1C levels start to creep up. Healthy eating, weight loss (if needed) are still important, but medication is typically needed.