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ABCs of Diabetes


Hemoglobin A1c is a measure of the average blood sugar control over a three-month period
It should be measured every three months until a stable level of 7% (6.5%, if possible) is attained. In older to chronically ill people, less than 8% is OK
Once control is obtained, the test should be taken at least twice a year
Non-diabetics have an A1c of less than or equal to 5.6%
An A1c between 5.7% and 6.4% is considered to be Prediabetes
Diabetics have and A1c of greater than or equal to 6.5%
For every 1% increase of hemoglobin A1c, eye, kidney and nerve disease incidence increases by about 30%
Blood Pressure Control goal is less than 140/90, but if younger and more fit, then less than 130/80
Cholesterol/Triglyceride Control 
Cholesterol therapy with statins for all diabetes patients over 40 years old -- and those less than 40 years old if they smoke -- have high blood pressure or LDL greater than 100

Triglyceride treatment is needed if fasting level is greater than 500