Diabetes Treatment Review
Achieving and defining HbA1c targets in diabetes management
Nicole Meinel of the Diabetic Hypoglycemia Editorial Team
Diabetic Hypoglycemia June 2010, Volume 3, Issue 1: page 17-20
Achieving good glycemic control is a fundamental component of effective management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) provides a measure of glycemic control in people with diabetes over the preceding 8-10 weeks. This issue’s treatment review focuses on recent publications on HbA1c levels and targets, including the individualization of HbA1c targets for adults with diabetes, evidence for seasonal variations in HbA1c levels, survival rates as a function of HbA1c in people with type 2 diabetes, and the effectiveness of self-titration of biphasic insulin aspart in achieving HbA1c goals in type 2 diabetes.
Keywords: hypoglycemia, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, glycated hemoglobin, HbA1c, glycemic control