Insulin Dose Shown to Control HbA1c Levels


By: Jan Chait

A majority of people with type 1 diabetes who were taught to adjust their insulin dosages based on the carbohydrate content of their meals had better daily blood-glucose averages and were able to lower their HbA1c levels by up to 6%, say researchers in the United Kingdom. Findings were presented at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in June.

Researchers said there has been reluctance among diabetes teams to teach their patients how to adjust dosages for fear that a healthy diet would be abandoned. Responses from patients studied revealed that, after some initial experimentation, most returned to their former pattern of eating.



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