The Magic Number

You know how you just get caught up in life, and time flies by? First it’s Monday, and then it’s Monday again. The older one gets, the faster time flies. I’m not sure why that is. Are we more fully engaged in our lives with so many more things to do? I don’t know.

A week ago, I got my latest HbA1C. It was 6.7%, but this isn’t adjusted for high haemoglobin, which I have. My last, a tad higher,  was adjusted down to 6.4 or 6.5, which I’m ok with. This one will be adjusted too. Does anyone know the formula to adjust? My lovely family doctor says there is one somewhere.

I would like to do a little better, but the risk of more than just a couple of hypos a week is always there, which my endo is always warning me about… which I ignore just a little. I can get lower without more hypos, the secret being to eat low carb and then you blood glucose stays pretty level. Not so easy because I’ve been dealing with some pesky raised blood glucose in the mornings, and it’s taking some time to adjust my insulin (doing it slowly). Stress? Dawn Phenomenon?

What blood glucose target do you aim for? I aim for 5.5 mmoL/l (99 mg/dl) during the day and 5.7 at night.

The 5.5 or 99 seems to be the magic number for adults. Gosh, if I could stay at 5.5 24/7, wouldn’t that be nice? Unrealistic… probably even impossible! Even in people without diabetes, the blood glucose fluctuates.

There’s a group on Facebook called: The 5.5 and 99 Club where you post photos of your meter when you get a 5.5. Of course, none of us sit there all day testing every 5 minutes, and I often miss the exact number as I fly through it going up or down with my blood glucose.

Here are some of the photos I’ve posted recently.

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