Is cheating in the diabetes vernacular?  I am addicted to chocolate, but a few units of insulin will cover it.  Insulin will cover just about everything. The diabetes police tell me I cannot have any sweets, but sometimes we need them to avoid passing out while experiencing hypoglycemia.  With type 2 diabetes, the CDEs tell us we can exchange carbohydrates with an equitable sweet.  Since we have more information and better technology, I think not having sweets has now transformed itself into not adding calories or weight vs. cheating.  There's no such thing as cheating in diabetes vocabulary, so I hereby strike it.  Do you think you're cheating if you eat a sweet?
Is it truly possible to attain an hbA1C of 5.5% for Type 1 diabetes?  It's possible, but when I hear about the T1 people who appear to deftly get into the normal range, I ask them the question, "Do you ever get hypoglycemia?"  The answer is always yes, and every day.  I just don't think the technology we have is ready to handle this, and if I had to weigh being around 7.0% A1C or hypoglycemia and being brittle every day, I'd surely take the 7!