Discharge Blood Glucose Profile Predicts HbA1c With Diabetes Education

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Blood glucose profile at discharge can predict HbA1c in patients who received inpatient diabetes education.
Blood glucose profile at discharge can predict HbA1c in patients who received inpatient diabetes education.

HealthDay News -- For patients with type 2 diabetes receiving inpatient diabetes education, blood glucose profile at discharge can predict HbA1c level at 12 weeks after discharge, according to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

Keiichi Torimoto, from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu, Japan, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study involving 54 patients with type 2 diabetes who received inpatient diabetes education. The authors examined the correlation between continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) parameters and HbA1c level at 12 weeks after discharge.

The researchers observed a correlation for HbA1c level at 12 weeks after discharge with mean blood glucose level (P =.029). Mean blood glucose level and disease duration were predictors of 12-week HbA1c level, in multivariate analysis. Disease duration and percentage of time with blood glucose at 180 mg/dL or greater correlated with achieving a goal of an HbA1c level lower than 7.0% at 12 weeks after discharge.

"Our results suggested that blood glucose profile at discharge using CGM seems useful to predict HbA1c level after discharge in patients with type 2 diabetes who received inpatient diabetes education," the researchers wrote.

Reference

  1. Torimoto K, Okada Y, Sugino S, Tanaka Y. Determinants of hemoglobin A1c level in patients with type 2 diabetes after in-hospital diabetes education: A study based on continuous glucose monitoring. J Diabetes Investig. 2016 Oct 27. doi:10.1111/jdi.12589 [Epub ahead of print].
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