Every three to six months we have our A1C measured…but what does that number really mean? You know it’s a measure of your average blood sugar reading, but when was the last time your blood glucose monitor gave you a percentage? Your A1C is essentially a measurement of the Advanced Glycogenated End-products that have accumulated in your blood from blood sugar levels…the higher our blood sugars are, the more AGEs are present in our blood. These AGEs are also what lead to various complications we’re warned about: nerve damage, retinopathy, etc. So, as usual, our goal is to reduce our A1C which will reduce our AGEs, and we do this by controlling our blood sugars better. The Joslin Diabetes Center recently published an article about a new way to report your A1C so you can translate that number to the numbers you see on your monitor. This is your eAG= Estimated Average Glucose. So what does it mean to you when your doctor says your A1C is 8%? According to the Joslin ar...
San Francisco -- For the past five days people with diabetes have taken
over downtown San Francisco. More than 20,000 diabetes professionals
have been here for the annual meeting of the American Diabetes
Association. Those of us wearing ADA name badges not only filled the
exhibition halls but also San Francisco's already crowded sidewalks. The
city was a gracious hostess, providing the best possible accommodations
and weather. We met in in the city's largest convention and exhibition
complex, the Moscone Center . Built in 1981, the center is named for George Moscone, a former mayor of San Francisco who was assassinated in 1978.
Moscone Center Entrance This
vibrant city itself explains a lot why for me this was the best ADA
ever. It almost tempts me to move back to California and to live in a
big city again. But now we are leaving. I tried to stop this bus, but
Stop the Bus!
was here a dozen years ago that the ADA introduced us to new
terminology describing the types of diab...
The Food and Drug Administration surprised almost everyone on March 24 by approving the DexCom STS Continuous Glucose Monitoring System . Even DexCom’s President and CEO Andrew Rasdal seems to have been surprised.
He told analysts in a conference call on March 27 that he had expected an “approvable letter” requesting more information. I was surprised as anyone, even though a few months ago I bought stock in the company.
Even more surprising is that Rasdal says that they will start selling the STS system immediately and anywhere in the country. This is in marked contrast to the Medtronic Diabetes marketing strategy for the other continuous sensor, the Guardian RT. While it works out the reimbursement issue, Medtronic is limiting sales to just seven large cites .
Getting health insurance coverage is the big challenge for all continuous sensors simply because they are so expensive. Rasdal told analysts that those of us who can afford the out-of-pocket costs will be the company’s first ...
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