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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Glycemic Control: Assessment, Monitoring, and Goal Setting

The goal of glucose management is to reduce long-term complications of diabetes. There is strong evidence for the benefits of tight glucose control early in the course of diabetes. While intensive glycemic control in newly diagnosed patients is beneficial, tight control in the general diabetes population has not demonstrated the same benefits. It is important to achieve individualized glucose targets and to avoid poor glycemic control.

Two primary measures are available for health providers and patients to assess the effectiveness of glycemic control: A1C and patient self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG).

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