The Normal Blood Sugar Diabetic

How I Keep My Average Blood Glucose Level NORMAL even though I’m Type-1 Diabetic

by Sterling D. Allan

Unheard Of

The last time I went in for a diabetic check-up, my doctor was so impressed with my continued normal blood sugar level as measured by the routine hemoglobin A1c test that she said, “You should write a book”.

According to an earlier doctor I had, who was also astonished with my blood sugar levels, a diabetic should try to keep their blood sugar level below 7.0 (as measured by H A1c).

A normal, non-diabetic person's HA1c is usually between 4.7 and 6.4.  He also told me that if I watched my blood sugar level, I could live a full life, even though statistics are very unfavorable for those with diabetes.

My HA1c results have included numbers like 6.2, 5.3, 5.8, and 4.9 -- "normal" for a non-diabetic, but I have had Type 1 diabetes since May of 2005.  I guess that makes me a bit of a specialist in the topic.  A couple of those lab results are posted below for your review.

A Doable Accomplishment

For me, I would say that watching my blood sugar level is just a new reality or adjustment in my life – another good habit to adopt, like brushing and flossing teeth before going to bed. I wouldn’t say that it is super challenging. It’s not so difficult that only a rare expert or prodigy might accomplish it. I would say that it is within the grasp of most people willing to do what it takes.

Book Excerpt

Here's a sampling of what the book contains:

Philosophy: Like Steering a Car

I think of my blood glucose level as being similar to driving a car down the road.  If the car veers to the left, you correct to the right.  If it veers to the right, you correct to the left.  And by making small adjustments you can drive straight down the road.  If you take your hands off the steering wheel, it’s not long at all before the car ends up in the ditch or running head-on with oncoming traffic.  Of course in the case of a diabetic, the driving might look more like a drunk driver, sometimes veering off the road or into oncoming traffic.  When it comes to maintaining a normal blood glucose level, the objective is to stay in your lane the best you can.

To take the analogy a bit further, I would say that going high is like veering right (onto the shoulder), while going low is like veering left.  Going high usually doesn’t impair my judgment, and there is a bit of leeway on the right of the road.  But when I go too low, I start loosing my mental clarity, and if I veer too far that direction, the head-on-collision analogy is a fair one, because going too low is more likely to be catastrophic.

As for veering right, yes, I occasionally go above 300 (e.g. twice/week), and I even sometimes go above 400 (e.g. once every quarter).  I would say that I veer into the 200s once every other day on average.  In our analogy, I would say that the low 200s are well within the lane of traffic, whereas getting into the 300s is like veering onto the shoulder, and getting into the 400s is like leaving the pavement.  You want to avoid that the best you can.

Dr. Bateman told me that a high spike doesn’t hurt, as long as you bring it right back down. 

Given that my average blood level is the same as a non-diabetic, I guess the times I go low (usually just slight) are enough to balance those high times out when it comes to my HA1c.

For me, “straight ahead” is 100 mg/dl.  That’s what I shoot for when I shoot up.  If I measure high, I take extra insulin.  If I measure low, I take less.

For a non-diabetic person, the average blood glucose level is more like 110 - 120 mg/dl.  But in our analogy of driving, being diabetic is like being in a car that pulls to the right, so you have to keep a constant counter-acting nudge to the left.  By targeting 100, that helps keep my average closer to the normal 110 – 120 taking into consideration the times that I go high.

As for making “corrections” in the driving analogy, for the most part, just measuring myself at each meal is enough to keep the car in my lane, so to speak.  Sometimes, when the insulin goes to my blood (e.g. is injected into a blood vessel), then it acts a lot faster.  Gratefully, if I’m awake I can tell physiologically when I’m low.  So when I start perceiving that I’m low, I can pretty much bet that I’ll measure around 50 mg/dl, so I’ll take the necessary measures to correct, such as eat an apple, grab some grapes, or drink some juice. 

Likewise, I can sometimes tell when I’m above 200-300 mg/dl, though it’s much harder to tell, in which case I’ll measure myself and take some extra insulin to bring me back down.  That happens (that I can tell I’m high) like maybe once a week or less.

But for the most part, my adjustments come at each meal time and just before I go to bed when I check my blood sugar level.  So I typically check my blood four times a day roughly six hours apart.

Easy Calculation Scheme

I’ll admit that when it comes to calculating how much insulin I need, the math could hardly be easier for me. 

For every 25 mg/dl I am high – a quarter of 100 – I take one unit of insulin to bring it down. 

And that takes 15 minutes – a quarter of an hour. 

So, for example, if I measure 200 mg/dl, I need to take 4 extra units to drop me to 100, and I should wait one hour to eat after shooting up. 

I don’t need a calculator to figure that out.

I know, I’m spoiled that way.

And I’m not worried about getting the accuracy super high.  I just go for the ballpark figure, rounding up or down to make things easy.

If my numbers were not so easy, I would have a calculator with my insulin stuff so I could calculate how many units to take and how long to wait for my blood sugar level to drop.  If I was using a calculator, and it calculated that I should wait 18.5 minutes before eating, then I would just punch 20 minutes into my computer alarm clock.

Yes, I’m glad my numbers are so easy to do in my head so I don’t need a calculator.

If you think that sounds easy, wait until you read how I decide how much insulin I take for a meal.

I Don't Count Carbs!

If anything, I tend to be a bit lazy when it comes to things like this, and I try to find the easy yet effective way to do things. For example, I do not count carbs. 

I did at first, of course, in order to learn dosages and such, but now my approach is much more relaxed yet still effective. Having an easy or practical approach makes it easy to implement and stay on top of things, which is a key to keeping things within a healthy range.

How do I do it?

Well, that's why I wrote a book -- to let others know some of the things that have worked well for me.

If you want to know how I do it, then you will want to get my book.

In the short book, you will find out . . .

• A helpful analogy comparing adjustments in blood sugar level to steering down the road

• And easy calculation scheme
• What I do instead of counting carbohydrates
• Why I wait until I’m around 75 mg/dl to eat breakfast
• Importance of not being afraid to shoot up in public if eating out
• Why I usually measure my blood four times a day
• Why I avoid processed sugar (sucrose)
• How important eating healthy is
• Some helpful herbal supplements
• Postponing eating until blood sugar level is lower 
• Why to put pressure on the spot where the insulin needle comes out  
• Why move the needle to another spot if it hurts
• Why take the long-acting insulin at dinner time
• Why keep insulin refrigerated or cold


Sterling Allan, shown here in the Fall of 2007, has been able to keep his average blood sugar level in the "normal" or "non-diabetic" range, even though he has been Type 1 diabetic since May, 2005.

About Sterling D. Allan

I'm an outside-the-box thinker and player, having been involved as an activist, founder, and leader in various causes most of my adult life, including defending principles of freedom, promoting an independent relationship with deity, supporting principles of natural health, rallying for emergency preparedness, and in the last eight years promoting breakthrough clean energy technologies.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Microbiology at Brigham Young University in 1987, after which I pursued two years of graduate work in Virology, BioElectroChemistry then Physiology.  

In 1990, I founded the American Study Group, a weekly forum for teaching about the U.S. Constitution and the threats to it.  In the first year, the organization grew to around 4,000 people in the Rocky Mountain west.  Through the 90's, I delved into word studies, uncovering chiasms and parallels then discovering a code in alphabetical word sequences I call alphabetics.  Following the the events of 911, I founded an organization to come up with Constitution-like documents to protect the freedom of all mankind, as an answer to the socialist world government being promoted by those who have no regard for principles of freedom.  

Shortly after that, in early 2002 I began working with cutting-edge free energy technologies, first with the Perendev magnet motor, then becoming the de facto news reporter for all things breakthrough, which grew into what many people call the best Free Energy News and Directory service on the planet, continuing to this day, under Pure Energy Systems (PES) Network, Inc., for which I serve as CEO.  In 2005, I founded the New Energy Congress to help find and facilitate the very best clean energy technologies, creating the Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies listing.

Presently, I'm involved in launching Safe Haven Villages, an intentional community to model sustainable living practices, designing my own home, which will be the first to be built as part of that project in the coming months.

My bio can be found at 


Dr. Kim Bateman

On Oct. 21, 2009, Kim Bateman, MD, and Vice President for Medical Affairs at HealthInsight wrote: 

Sterling, that booklet is awesome. Not only totally compatible with mainstream medicine, it is highly readable and gives hope. Congratulations on your triumphant and positive encounter with an unfortunate disease, and for helping others to see how to deal with it positively.

I suppose you've got commercial ideas for the piece--and hope that it succeeds. 

I've retired to just ½ day of clinical work per week, so won't be able to use this as much as in earlier years, but do have two diabetic patients who are trying very hard, but not having the success that you're having. Could I have your permission to reproduce your article for the two of them?

On Oct. 18, 2009, Reed N. Huish wrote: 
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In reading through your brief e-book, I believe that your philosophy should be understood by any diabetic, and is quite sound.

Many or probably most diabetics (especially type 1) don’t take their “temporary condition” as a constant awareness philosophy, but simply shrug it off as another painful measure to follow.

I follow most your ideas, and fully support your teachings and advise. 

As such, I am maintaining my healthy body and 100 diabetic range.

Reed N. Huish


These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA, etc….  They cannot constitute medical advice.  You should go to your doctor to get that. I am merely telling you what works for me.

"What I present here is what has worked for me, the best I understand it. You need to take responsibility for you’re your own health and not take my word on things without carefully measuring it for you’re your own application. 

"No two people are the same. Some of the things that work for me might not necessarily work for you. If you are not used to being in charge of your own health, you should definitely consult your medical doctor before making any substantial changes to your diabetes regimen.

"Some changes could be lethal or impart serious damage to your system.

"I can’t take responsibility for any adverse effects you might experience."

Lab Results: HA1c of 5.3 and 4.9

Here are the lab results from my HA1c test in March 2007.  It came back as 5.3, indicating an average blood glucose level of 111 mg/dl.  Note the enthusiastic feedback by my doctor.

Here are the test results from seven months later: an H A1c of 4.9, indicating an average blood glucose level of 97 mg/dl.



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