For all the naysayers, here's another reason to get your A1C in the 5's or lower.
"Researchers found that those who received intensive therapy were 24% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those receiving conventional therapy. In addition, when researchers used the full history of HbA1c measurements to summarize blood sugar control for each person, they found that each 1% HbA1c increase was associated with a 25% greater risk of hypertension."
That's a huge difference in my eyes. Too bad I didn't know all this years earlier. Seems to me that the evidence continues to stack towards blood sugar normalization and away from recommended.
The entire article is in Diabetes in Control.
Doris J. Dickson