If you look at my little food diary (which I’ve stopped keeping over the past couple days, for shame) and read the part about my target blood glucose levels, you’ll see that I’m setting myself up for failure. I want my fasting glucose to be 100 or lower, and my post-meal to be 130. When my friend Josh saw that, he laughed and said, “So, you basically just don’t want to have diabetes.”
But I recently stumbled across a reference to what the official recommended levels are and realized that, for all my obsessing, I didn’t actually know them. To quote:
ADA: The American Diabetes Association has target goals of 90-130 mg/dL during fasting or before meals, and less than 180 mg/dL two hours after the start of a meal.
AACE: The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has target goals of less than 110 mg/dL during fasting or before meals, and less than 140 mg/dL two hours after the start of a meal.
This gives me two thoughts:
1. What does the AACE know that the ADA does not?
2. If you look at the AACE numbers, my targets weren’t that far off. Unfortunately, though, it appears that they, like me, want diabetics to somehow regain control of their pancreases. Ugh.