The Lowell Diabetes & Endocrine Center
OFFICE DIABETES STATISTICS Definition Goal National

average

Joslin Clinic

2004

Lowell Diabetes &

Endocrine Center

BLOOD SUGAR
Excellent blood sugar control HBA1c<7 >40% ? 39% 46%
Poor blood sugar control HBA1c>9 <20% 32% 14% 10%
Annual HBA1c testing done
100% 85% 100%
BLOOD PRESSURE
Excellent blood pressure control BP<130/80 >35% ? 48% 37%
Good blood pressure control BP<140/90 >65% 62% 75% 74%
CHOLESTEROL
Excellent cholesterol control LDL<70 17% 23%
Good cholesterol control LDL<100 >36% 37% 46% 57%
Fair cholesterol control LDL<130 >63% 60% 72% 89%
Annual Cholesterol testing done >85% 87% 88% 97%
MISCELLANEOUS
Annual eye exams >60% 49% 68% 69%
Annual foot exams >80% ? 94% 94%
Annual kidney assessment or Rx >80% 48% 91% 100%

 

 

The Hemoglobin A1c is a measure of a person's average blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetics should have their Hemoglobin A1c monitored 2-4 times a year. The lower the value, the better; the goal is a Hemoglobin A1c less than 7, if possible.

Below is a distribution of the Hemoglobin A1c measurements in patients with Type I Diabetes (Juvenile onset diabetes, almost all patients are less then 50 years old)

Hemoglobin A1c range
A major Boston teaching hospital
Lowell Diabetes & Endocrine Center
5.0-6.9
28%
25%
7.0-8.9
48%
60%
9.0-10.9
19%
12%
≥11
5%
3%

 

August 2006 office analysis