Dr. Suman Kirti, Endocrinologist, Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi, talks about the goals of glycated hemoglobin or HbA1c in diabetic patients. American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Expert Committee on Indian Guidelines from the RSSDI recommends less than 7% HbA1c. Different associations have different HbA1c goals. Complications are less when HbA1c levels are around 6.5%. HbA1c goals have to be individualized in each patient. HbA1c test is an important biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of diabetes. Dr. Suman will highlight the goal of HbA1c levels in patients with different age groups Also, in patients with long standing disease and co-morbidities, the HbA1c goals are relaxed to 7 - 8% levels.
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