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Are you hitting the 3 main diabetes targets?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by benedict, Apr 5, 2013.

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How many of the main 3 diabetes health targets are you meeting?

  1. I'm meeting all 3 of the targets

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  2. I'm meeting 2 of the targets

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  3. I meet 1 of the targets

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    23.1%
  4. I'm currently meeting none of the targets

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  1. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dont stress about it Cherylle we've all been there....

    There is lot to get your head round when you are first diagnosed but it does all start to fall in place eventually and most people end up living perfectly normal lives. I was obsessed with my diabetes for months after diagnosis I very nearly bored all my friends to death but I did manage to "come out the other side" eventually so just carry on carrying on and in time you will start to feel more comfortable, honestly.

    I guess it was fear in the beginning that motivated me to get the control I did so perhaps it is no bad thing and possibly why so many doctors paint such a grim picture of it, but I rarely think of diabetes now in my day to day life, the more I did things like thinking about the food I put on my plate the more it became second nature and now its like I run on automatic pilot almost.

    So dont despair it really does get easier the more you learn and I'm sure we all learn things every day, I know I still do and every day it gets a little bit easier.

    I can look back on my first year and see how it ruled my life back then, and hopefully you will do the same thing so just stick in there it does get easier :thumbup:
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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  3. Montana

    Montana · Well-Known Member

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    Hitting 3 main diabetes targets

    :roll: I have more or less met 2 of them-HbA1c 6.5 and b.p ave 130/80. Cholesterol level is a real struggle though. A couple of years ago it reached 4.9 from 6.8 but since beginning medication (metformin and sitagliptin) in September last year and eating a much healthier diet my latest chol reading is back at 6.8. I cant understand why it has suddenly shot up and as I am against taking medicines unless its a last resort I'm desperate for some guidance if anyone has any. :wave:
     
  4. scottish-jim

    scottish-jim Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Cholesterol is ok at 3.9.

    Blood pressure is high so getting a 24 hour monitor in a couple of weeks.

    As for blood sugar well my target is 4 to 7 so last night I was 3.9 and this morning 7.1 :roll: so close!
     
  5. cherylle

    cherylle · Well-Known Member

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  6. LesleyAnne2

    LesleyAnne2 · Well-Known Member

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    HbA1c is 5.9

    Blood pressure 112/70

    Cholesterol 6.3 but I am more than happy with that
    :D
     
  7. Montana

    Montana · Well-Known Member

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    Hitting 3 main diabetes targets

    :clap: i've just got to say to all of you that there is no such thing as a perfect diabetic. At some stage i'm sure we've all been so badly controlled as to not meet any of these targets probably because like lots of folk until we got diabetes we did not have to. In a way we are the lucky ones at least we have a chance to try and become healthier. Just because you read of someones good fortune of reaching their goals does not mean they are not still struggling or have done so in the past. My past history re diabetes has been shocking. Being diet controlled since 2003, when my glucose levels shot up to as much as 23. I told my gp not to send me for any more checks and buried my head in the sand. I could only see the bigger picture-medication and injections etc. So just keep your chin up and look ahead. Good luck all Linzi :wave:
     
  8. alaska

    alaska · Well-Known Member

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    I'm type 1 and comfortably meet the HbA1c and blood pressure targets but not the cholesterol target.

    There is evidence to suggest that low triglyceride levels give rise to a significantly overestimated level of LDL cholesterol.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18426324

    100 mg/dL is equivalent to 1.13 mmol/l when considering triglycerides
    http://heartuk.org.uk/files/uploads/documents/huk_fs_mfsP_cholestrigly_leverlsconversion.pdf
     
  9. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sid, the target HDL:Total ratio is 3.5:1.

    So under 3 you are better than excellent - I think!

    Viv 8)
     
  10. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    In type 1, diagnosed in February. I haven't had a single one of those test results!

    I know they took blood for hba1c but they didnt tell me how to get the results, and the others weren't tested.

    Should I have asked for them?
     
  11. stuffedolive

    stuffedolive Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not hitting the total cholesterol although the breakdown and ratios are good.
    I came off statins as they were degrading my muscles, and I need them for exercise! So I'm taking Benecol drink and a clove of garlic each day - we'll see how that goes. However, as I've just started a low-carb diet my cholesterols might go through the roof! :problem:
     
  12. alaska

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    Hi hale710

    If you've been diagnosed between 2 to 3 months ago, it's possible they may want to let your control settle for a few months before taking the tests.

    You should be given HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol tests at least once each year, along with some other tests.

    I see no harm in asking when they will start to take these tests for you though.

    Ed
     
  13. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I've got the diabetic clinic a week on Friday so I guess they might do that there then?
     
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    999sugarbabe · Guest

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    I don't even know what the 3 targets are!

    I assume one is HbA1c (or whatever it is called), but I don't recall ever being told what my "targets" were, let alone what they should be!
    I seldom hear from my practice. The nurse sees me once or twice a year, that's all.
    I'm struggling to even get test strips out of them now. Up until about 6 months to a year ago all I had to do was ask, but now it's all £££ before anything else.
     
  16. Switch2501

    Switch2501 · Well-Known Member

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    2 for me.

    Still struggle with the Hba1c but ill get there :)


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
  17. xorsyst

    xorsyst · Active Member

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    2 for me. I'm type 1, vegan and relatively fit, so I've never exceeded those BP or cholesterol targets in 17 years of diabetes (at one point my cholesterol was 2.3!). But I do find it hard to control the blood sugars enough to get my hba1c that low. It's improving, but a long way to go yet.
     
  18. Delphinum

    Delphinum Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure on my HbA1c as I haven't had it done since I started on the pump back in February so I put 2 out of 3. My blood pressure is always around 120/70 and sometimes lower. When I was pregnant, it was really low all the time. Cholesterol never seems to be bad except when I started eating butter instead of margarine. :p But my good cholesterol was high too so apparently that cancelled it out or something. :crazy:
     
  19. the optimist

    the optimist · Newbie

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    Am I missing something? The last time I saw my diabetic nurse I thought that the target was 7. Have the goalposts been moved again?
     
  20. stillo

    stillo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm nowhere near any of these targets even with medication

    Blood pressure 181/121 taking 3 different meds
    Hba1c 9 Taking two different meds
    Cholesterol 7 taking 1 med

    Stillo
     
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