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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Glycemic Control: Assessment, Monitoring, and Goal Setting

The goals of glucose management are to reduce long-term complications of diabetes and to improve and maintain quality of life over time. Glycemic targets have been established to guide intervention strategies for patients and providers. In clinical care of people with diabetes, it is important to work to achieve individualized glucose targets and to avoid poor glycemic control.

Primary measures available for health care providers and patients to assess glycemic control are: A1C, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).

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