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From North Canton, Ohio, USA:

At what blood glucose level does damage begin to occur to the human body? What begins getting affected first?


We know that damage occurs above 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L], for sure. Small vessels in eyes, kidneys, and nerves are affected first. We also have good evidence that large vessels are affected by any abnormal glucose; even a reading of 120 mg/dl [6.7 mmol/L] is worse for you than an 80 mg/dl [4.4 mmol/L]. Mortality rates for heart disease increase as fasting and postprandial glucoses go up even within what we call the normal range. That's why diabetes control is so important.


Original posting 28 May 2002
Posted to Complications


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