News from the American Diabetes Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions

An A1C goal of less than 7 % may be unhealthy for some high-risk people with diabetes. A study confirmed that older people may benefit from a higher A1C target. (The A1C test measures blood glucose over two to three months.) In assessing the consequences of raising the target for seniors, researchers calculated that as many as 4.3 million Americans 65 years and older would be able to take fewer diabetes medications if the A1C target for older adults was bumped up to 8% or less. Taking fewer medications would reduce the risk of dangerous drug interactions. However, higher blood glucose levels can also have negative health effects. People with diabetes should discuss appropriate individual A1C targets with their doctors.