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What's a Hgb!1c level? Good question. It's an individual's average blood glucose level, and serves as an indicator of diabetes control. We check these levels with a test every three months for clients with levels greater than 7% and every six months for clients with levels below 7%.
Why does it need to come down? Any diabetic client with an HgbA1c level above 9% is considered too high. When not properly managed, diabetes can cause serious complications—heart disease, nerve damage, vision loss and more.
How are we going to make this happen? Targeted efforts to help reduce the percentage of clients with HgbA1c levels above 9% began in late January 2017. Since then, our clinical staff has taken an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to achieving this goal.
The latest: In an effort to help our clients with type II diabetes get the disease under control, our nurses are working with a volunteer endocronologist on best practices for medication decisions.