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Republished with permission of Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.com
For at least three consecutive years now at the annual ADA Conference, we keep hearing about a rumored switchover from the A1c as the gold standard average glucose measurement. Instead, we'll get something new and supposedly easier to understand: a new measure that more closely reflects the mg/dL (and international mmol/l) numbers we all get on our home glucose meters. This new test is now dubbed the eAG (estimated average glucose).
One of the big news announcements Scientific Sessions this week was the results of a large international study that supposedly underscores the accuracy of the eAG. In this 10-center study, 507 volunteers with diabetes had their A1c translated into eAG readings and compared with their running daily BG results, if I understood the press materials correctly. "Study investigators found a simple linear relationship," the ADA press release states.
Also stated: "Patients find it difficult ...
E veryone who's had diabetes for a while is aware that there's some sort of relationship between their blood glucose (BG) levels and the results of their hemoglobin A1c (A1C) test. If someone's BGs are completely normal for the last three months, it's probably safe to assume that the A1C, if measured today, would be normal. But the reverse is not true: a normal A1C doesn't mean all the BGs the past three months have been normal: that might have been the case, but it's also possible, and indeed likely, that the BGs were a mixed bag, some high, some low, and some normal. For whatever it's worth, the A1C has become the "gold standard" lab test for measuring diabetes control: the lower the better; the usual advice is to aim to get your number under 7 (per one organization's recommendation) or 6.5 (per the recommendations of some other organizations).
A recent publication ( Translating the A1C Assay Into Estimated Average Glucose Values ) examined the relationship of the A1C assay...
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