Good News For Once: Americans Are Managing Diabetes Better

| Jul 28, 2007

In 2001, just over a third of Americans had their diabetes well controlled, based upon an A1c of seven percent or lower. In 2006, however, more than half of them had their diabetes well controlled. These are the results of a study of nearly 5 million patients performed from 2001 to 2007 by Quest Diagnostics Inc. and analyzed by Dr. Francine Kaufman of the University of Southern California.

It's an impressive improvement, given estimates that for every one point drop in A1c, the risk of complications drops by forty percent. Most of the improvement had occurred by 2003; however, since then the average A1c has only dropped from 7.3 percent to 7.2 percent.

The study also found that men have poorer control than women and that all people with diabetes struggle more in the dark months of January through March, perhaps because we all eat more during the winter holidays.

* * *

Source: Medline Plus

Editor's Note: Although this study reports that women are in better control of their diabetes than men, other research shows that women are nevertheless more likely than men to die from cardiovascular complications of diabetes. See "Men With Heart Disease and Diabetes Get Better Care Than Women", June 2007.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Related Article

Men With Heart Disease and Diabetes Get Better Care Than Women

Jun 6, 2007


Categories: A1c Test, Diabetes, Diabetes, Professional Issues, Type 1 Issues


Diabetes Health Professional
Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • What's on the Horizon with Diabetes Research and Therapy
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 0 comments - Jul 28, 2007

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.