I know that several studies, including the often cited DCCT have linked tight control, and lower A1C's to decreased risks for neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney disease, etc. In fact, risk factors seem to increase exponentially as values rise. This all seems perfectly logical on paper, but I believe it doesn't paint the whole picture.
I hear of many T2s and 1.5s diagnosed relatively late in life, pretty good A1C's (5-7) that develop serious complications.
Then, there are T1's myself that have had decades of poor control (myself 7-11) that have been lucky enough not to develop serious complications. I know T2s that completely ignore D. HA1c several consecutive years < 14, but still seem OK.
I've noticed many examples here of both. Any explainations? Theories?
On a brighter note, I was always told that complications were irreversible, but am now hearing the opposite. Has anyone experienced this?