Blood Glucose Control Improves Nationwide
Though diabetes rates continue to rise, blood glucose control has improved over the past two decades and fewer people with diabetes are going undiagnosed, government researchers found. Of nearly 20,000 adults representative of the general population, 9.3 percent had diabetes in 2005–2010, up from 5.5 percent in 1988–1994. On the positive side, the number of patients with A1C levels less than 7 percent—considered good glucose control—rose between 2005 and 2010. And more good news: The researchers found that only 11 percent of all people with diabetes were unaware they had it, compared with 16 percent back in 1988–1994. This suggests improvements in screening, diagnosis, and therapy the researchers say.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, published online April 14, 2014