Healthy Diabetics Die Sooner...
The 10,000-patient study, dubbed ACCORD, was supposed to answer a big question: Could pushing blood sugar to near-normal levels, below today's recommended target, help protect these high-risk patients' hearts?
Instead, the National Institutes of Health took the rare step of halting part of the study 18 months early — citing 257 deaths among aggressively treated patients compared to 203 among diabetics given more standard care.
First up, what does "aggressive treatment" look like? Were these diabetics beaten when caught staring at Ding-Dongs? But I digress...
The goal of the study was to produce an A1C reading of below 6, which translates to a blood sugar reading of 135 ("normal" is 80-120). Most docs encourage diabetics to get below 7 (170) and the AACE recommends being below 6.5. (I had this one annoying Doc who told me that I was 6.4, however lower is always better. What a dork. How's that for incentive? That's like telling someone that their resting heart rate of 50 is good but lower is better. Until when? Zero?)
Here's what I find curious about all of this. It's something I've never read about or seen studies about. It's just a diabetic thing that *I know*, which may not be true for you. You ready? Here it is:
I feel better when my blood sugar is 150 than I do when it's 100. I have more energy. I'm more alert and more creative. I run faster and can do so for a longer period of time.
Also, at 150, you're not spilling sugar into your urine so your kidneys couldn't care less, either.
Now, keep in mind, that 150 is close to 200, and once I'm at 200, I don't feel good. But 150 *to me* feels good. And - at least - according to one study, it'll make me live longer.
Let's hear it, baby: 150 is the new black!