Coronary heart disease and Diabetes costs exceed $200B each year. Your A1C is measured by a simple blood test that’s ordered by your healthcare provider. Your A1C result shows your average blood glucose (or blood sugar) level for the last 3 months, so it’s different from the tests you do at home with a glucose meter. The A1C goal for most people with diabetes is less than 7%. Unfortunately, almost half of adults with diabetes have an A1C of 7% or higher. Each 1% decrease in A1C translates into 35% – 40% decrease in the frequency of microvascular complications. Individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a critical component of managing A1C, blood pressure and serum cholesterol.
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