Study: Average blood sugar numbers may need to be slightly higher for diabetes patients

Study: Average blood sugar numbers may need to be slightly higher for diabetes patients (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - New research released on Monday could lead to big changes for millions of people with a common health condition: Diabetes.

The American College of Physicians is recommending new guidelines for people with Type 2 diabetes and that could make meeting blood sugar goals a bit more reasonable.

Tedman Anderson came into the hospital just a few days ago after feeling some pain in his lower leg.

“While they were working with that they took some tests and found that the diabetes was outta whack,” said Anderson.

“Outta whack” based on his average blood sugar number which is commonly referred to as his “A1C.”

“It was crazy high for me,” said Anderson.

While his medical team does want to bring his number down, a study released on Monday has a warning about previous recommendations of getting that number close to normal, about 6.5 percent.

But now a new study is showing something that many haven't heard, at least until now, that not only do people not need perhaps to go so low in numbers but in some cases, that could actually cause harm.

The American College of Physicians is now saying after analyzing several studies, a better average for those with type two diabetes between seven and eight percent.

“The one major study where the goal was 6.5, the group of individuals who were lowered from 8 to 6.5, there were more deaths in that group,” said Dr. Scott Woods.

This may help more people manage diabetes with diet and exercise alone or even on fewer medications.

It also gives Tedman Anderson a good goal for everyone.

“Try to watch the diet, exercise, I’m gonna have to get into a little bit more,” said Anderson.

The reason it's important to keep these average numbers low is to reduce long-term complications, since everybody is different, however, make sure you talk to your own health care provider about what goal is right for you.

A new guidance statement on this information for doctors and patients is expected to be published soon.

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