I am a type 2 determined to get this blood sugar thing under control. I am using the Freestyle Libre CGM and would like to get some honest and objective information about ideal range. It seems to me that folks on this site are not afraid to tell it like it is.
I understand that setting a range is an individual decision based on many factors, especially the ability to avoid problematic lows. But so much of what I am reading talks about what people can “manage to do“ as opposed to what is healthiest/ideal.
This morning I read a article surveying doctors on time-in-range goals and here’s an example:
Giving someone a specific time-in-range target, in my view, may not be beneficial. At least some patients will become OCD trying to get to their target, and in general, putting too much attention into one’s diabetes adds more diabetes burden. The time-below-range of less than 5% is a safety parameter.
That seems crazy, right? I can’t imagine a doctor telling a patient with high blood pressure that the patient shouldn’t know what normal blood pressure is because it would be too much trouble to get their blood pressure below 160/120.
I have been proud of staying off insulin longer than anyone else in my family, but now I’m wondering if that is really a good goal.