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Only 35% of Diabetes Patients Can Meet Their Goals for CHO, A1C and BP

ADA’s one-size-fits-all guidelines might be unrealistic, says the author of a new study in Diabetes Care. Only 35% of more than 5,000 diabetes patients evaluated met targets for A1C and LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure, with more white than black patients meeting the targets. Researchers found 72% of patients met targets for A1C levels, 63% for LDL cholesterol levels and 73% for blood pressure. Alternative, less stringent targets have been proposed. For those, 90% of patients met the target for HbA1c, 86% for LDL cholesterol, 87% for blood pressure, and 68% for all three. The American Diabetes Associations has established risk factor targets for people with diabetes: HbA1c at <7% (or <53 mmol/mol), LDL cholesterol at <100 mg/dL, systolic blood pressure at <140 mm Hg, and diastolic blood pressure at <90 mm Hg. -- July issue of Diabetes Care