I've been listening to Robb Wolf's podcasts about eating Paleo diet and solving health problems. One reader asked about non-diabetic people testing their blood sugars and what he considered "normal". He said that with the non-diabetic athletes he works with it is very common for them to maintain blood glucose values of 60-70 mg/dl, all the time. These are insulin-sensitive, low-carb, ketogenic atheletes. I was fairly incredulous (almost mad?) because I have always considered those numbers to be uncomfortable low blood sugar numbers. Also, I have found Dr. Bernstein's standard of 85 mg/dl to be difficult to achieve, but this 60-70 mg/dl business just sounds uncomfortable!
I guess, if I had no chance of actually going hypo because of all the checks and balances (glucagon, etc) of a normal body working perfectly, I wouldn't be too freaked out to just walk around in the 70s all day. However, I do feel some minor hypo symptoms at that level and always correct to get my level back to 90-110 mg/dl.
So, that has me questioning my bias towards high-ish "normal" numbers, and also had me wondering if Robb was fudging numbers downward to make a point. When it comes to blood glucose numbers, we Type 1s are very aware of what is normal and what's not, so we don't go for exaggeration in the place where we live.
Then I saw this guy's graphs and read about him sleeping and waking up regularly with his glucose in the 60-70s. I just wondered, why would you do that? He says he felt better that way. Is that possible? So many questions... (just corrected my fasting 108 mg/dl down a smidge.)