More People With Diabetes Meet A1C Goals
Americans with diabetes are meeting more of their treatment goals, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers who studied data on more than 100,000 adults between 1999 and 2010 found that the proportion of people who met recommended A1C targets jumped by 8 percentage points to 52 percent. The proportion of people meeting blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol goals rose by 12 and 20 percentage points, respectively. But despite those positive findings, people with diabetes are still falling short of recommendations: There was no decrease in smoking or increase in annual eye or dental exams over the 11-year period, and only 14 percent of people with diabetes reached all of their recommended health goals.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, April 25, 2013