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...
Reprinted with permission of Amy Tenderich of diabetesmine.com . Remember that little discussion about abandoning the established A1c for a new Average Glucose (AG) measurement? Well, guess what? This is pretty much the "dumbest idea ever floated" in diabetes, according to my favorite irreverent industry expert, David Kliff of Diabetic Investor . Indeed, the ADA and a number of other powerful health organizations -- the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) -- now have an agreement in place to evaluate the accuracy of the A1c and potentially switch to the new AG units, contingent on results of an international study currently underway. The new standard apparently won't change the chemistry of the test itself, but only the "reference method," i.e. how the machines that conduct the tests are calibrated, and how the results 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...
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