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Oct. 22, 2016

Oct 22, 2016


The A1c has become the gold standard in diabetes care evaluation. It is quick, it is easy, and it requires only one stick every 3 months. The only downside is that it is an average, and so many people get a false sense of control because their “average” glucose is good. We all know of the type one patient who will be at 400 mg/dl 2 hours after a meal, but bottoms out at 80 mg/dl at night. The problem is that when you do a traditional A1c, it comes out good. Based on some information from one of our medical researchers, we found that there may be a better way to hone in on why A1c’s often don’t tell the right story. Our Publisher, Steve Freed, looked at the information in Item 1 and knew there had to be more to it.

That is why Steve tracked down John Higgins, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, to learn more about the idea of using a mathematical algorithm to get the real value of an A1c, and how to correctly interpret it.



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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief