Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Label

It’s hard not to feel like you’re failing at some point when living with Type 1 Diabetes. Whether it’s a missed bolus, high or low blood sugar, or just public stigma, diabetes can make you feel unsuccessful.

I logged into my hospital’s patient portal today and happened to notice this at the top of my report, from my latest endocrinologist appointment. 

Well controlled. Well controlled? Me? I have a 7.1 A1c. Do a quick search on google and you’ll find plenty of people who only think something starting with a “5” is good. 

A level of 7.1 equates to about a 157 blood sugar average. And, in my opinion, that’s not horrible! Not only do I deal with Type 1 Diabetes but Rheumatoid Arthritis as well. Pain, stress, inflammation, and a flurry of medications all mess with my blood sugar. Not to mention trying to maintain an acceptable blood sugar just dealing with LIFE.

So, well controlled? I will gladly accept that diabetes label.


  1. Rick Philips

    My doctor suggests that control is a matter of degree. When my A1C was 9.2 7.9 was well controlled. But at 5.7, 6.2 is not in control. I am thinking as it relates to diabetes, I suggest that in relation to my previous 12.2 you are rocking control. Yeah, control is a great thing. Now this RA thing. uugh that seems a little less controlled.

  2. Lucia Maya

    Glad I found your blog through someone else’s blog (this morning, but can’t remember who already!) I also live with type 1, for 40 years now, and always enjoy reading another perspective. It helps to know I’m not alone!

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