My control is quite good. My last Hba1C was 29. Sorry, I'm not sure what that is in 'old money'. I have an insulin pump and I've always tested my blood sugar a number of times a day. I find that helps a lot because I can nip any problems in the bud most of the time. I also count carbs carefully (I eat around 180g a day) and have meals that I know will work most of the time. The big thing that can throw me is eating out. That can put my blood sugar up because it's easy to underestimate the carbs. As far as my period goes, I find I can go low in the couple of days before, and then my blood sugar rises when it starts. At the moment I'm pregnant, so I'm anticipating control getting harder. Not quite sure how that'll go, but I'll stick to my usual weapon - vigilance. It was a scary report though and I worried reading it as it seems like diabetes can undermine all the healthy things we try to do. Roll on a cure!