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PALESTINE, July 4, 2014— A1C is a test that measures an individual’s average blood glucose control over the past 2 to 3 months. For well over a decade, the American Diabetes Association has recommended specific A1C treatment goals of levels less than 7 percent.
Management of blood glucose, as measured by A1C, reduces the risk for micro-vascular (small vessel) complications of diabetes such as blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage. Some studies have suggested that higher A1C levels are also associated with higher risk of macro-vascular (large vessel) complications such as heart attack and stroke.
Good control means getting as close to a normal blood glucose level as you safely can. Ideally, this means levels between 70 and 130 before meals, and below 180 two hours after starting a meal, with an A1C of less than 7 percent.
One should set goals with their health care team, and the treatment plan should be individualized to consider other co-morbid health conditions, such as an individual’s history of heart disease or stroke.
For more information, contact the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living, 421 Ave. A., Palestine, Texas, 903-729-7505.
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