American Association of Clinical Endocrinoligist's (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress:
Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals Program Highlighted
Collaborative effort urges patients with Type 2 Diabetes to work closely with their doctors to meet individual A1C goals
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and Merck, with the assistance of Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE—a clinical endocrinologist, have developed an outstanding program to help patients with Type 2 diabetes achieve their individual A1C goals. Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals encourages patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to work closely with their doctors to know their A1C and set individual goals that include strategies to help achieve those goals.
A1C is an estimate of a person’s average blood sugar level over the previous two to three months, and an A1C of 6.5% (or less) is the gold standard for blood glucose control. “While ACE suggests that less than 6.5% is appropriate for the majority of patients, we understand that individualization of that goal is very important. Unfortunately, nearly half of patients with diabetes do not reach that goal. That fact has created the urgency to focus on helping patients get to goal,” stated Dr. Moghissi.
According to Dr. Moghissi, last year’s campaign reached approximately 6,000 endocrinologists and provided them with easy to understand materials for their practices and patients. This year’s campaign theme is Get to Your Goals. The Get to Your Goals program for patients is based on three major missions:
- Gather intelligence. Patients should know their A1C, talk with their doctor, and learn about diabetes.
- Finalize strategy. Patients should work with their doctor to set an appropriate A1C goal and commit to a treatment plan, including diet, exercise and medication, when appropriate, that will help them achieve that goal.
- Regroup. Patients can make the most of their doctor’s visits by assessing their progress and making needed adjustments to their diabetes management plan to meet their A1C goal.
“We know that diabetes is a progressive disease, and from time to time it is necessary to make an adjustment in therapy and lifestyle. It is important for patients to regroup with their doctor on a regular basis and to reevaluate,” stated Dr. Moghissi.
About the Program’s Materials
The non-branded materials are distributed by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) without charge. At BloodSugarBasics.com doctors and their patients can find trustworthy tools to manage diabetes, including patient checklists.
“The incidence of diabetes is increasing, and it is a devastating disease—if we don’t control it—that’s the bad news. The good news is if we control it, we can reduce the potential for complications,” stated Dr. Moghissi. Potential complications of high blood sugar levels over time include blindness, stroke, nervous system disorders, and diseases that affect the gums, heart, and kidneys. Therefore, it is crucial to help patients with Type 2 diabetes know their A1C and get to their goal. Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals is an excellent program to help raise awareness and help patients improve management of this serious disease.