New A1c Targets For Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

by Leighann on June 18, 2014

With the annual ADA Scientific sessions this past week, there were many announcements and press releases from companies. I’ll be sharing a few that stood out to me…

Diabetes Association Sets New A1C Target for Children With Type 1 Diabetes

“The Association now recommends that children under the age of 19 diagnosed with type 1 diabetes strive to maintain an A1C level lower than 7.5 percent. Previously, target blood glucose levels — as measured by the A1C, a test that reflects average blood glucose levels over several months — could be as high as 8.5 percent for children under 6 years of age, 8.0 percent for children 6-12 years of age and 7.5 for adolescents under the Association’s guidelines. These targets were set because of concerns over complications caused by low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia.

However, research now shows that prolonged hyperglycemia — high blood glucose levels — can lead to the early development of serious complications in children, such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. These complications were once believed to occur only in adults.”

Read the entire press release.


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