By the way, doctor: Should I back off from getting my blood sugar down?
Q. I read about the study suggesting that tight control of diabetes led to more deaths. My hemoglobin A1c level has been right around 7 to 7.5 for years. Should I back off? Or keep pushing for even lower glucose levels?
A. My take: keep pushing, and try to get under 7.0, but you and your doctor should use common sense as you do so.
Diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. Many people with the disease have conditions that add to the risk: excess weight, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol levels.