Why is your goal for A1c so much lower than the ADA’s 7% and AACE’s (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) 6.5%?
An A1c of 7% is an average blood sugar of 180 mg/dl, which is more than double normal. You’re not going to be a long-term healthy survivor with a long-term A1c of 7%.
An A1c of 6.5% corresponds to about 160 mg/dl. Again, this is absurd. It is double normal. I should also point out the ADA concocted a table for what average blood sugars correspond to what A1c levels. In this study, they used what I found to be one of the lowest reading blood sugar meters, one that also has a high variability. The study was funded by the manufacturer of the meter. This is why currently published blood sugars are lower than the A1c values would accurately suggest.
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