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A positive new trend has emerged from research surrounding a blood test that indicates how well a person is managing their diabetes. In this week's Dealing with Diabetes report, a local specialist says the national findings are reflected here in Southern Nevada.
Henderson resident, Michelle Edgington does everything she can to stay on top of her diabetes. And a blood test she has every three months or so, known as the A1C, indicates her efforts are paying off.
"My last one was probably about two and half months ago. I'm due for one soon. And they're improving, doing well," said Edgington.
New research shows that more adult diabetics are having improved A1C test results. The test gauges blood sugar control over the past two to three months -- and levels are dropping nationwide.
Darlene Allen is a diabetes educator at Valley Hospital. "For every one point in your A1C, you are reducing your risk of complications of diabetes by around 30-percent."
Allen says the trend is showing up locally among those who attend diabetes education classes.
"So it does reflect that the people who've come to the classes have made some changes in their lifestyle and the way they're managing their diabetes," said Allen.
But there's still much work to be done -- especially considering that many diabetics do not have access to A1C testing and information.
"So there's still a lot of people outside the radar of this new information and new techniques that we know that can help people to manage their blood sugar," said Allen.
"I'm lucky enough, this is a disease I can have some control over. And have control over my future and how it plays out. If I'm given that opportunity, I'm going to embrace that and do all that I can," said Edgington.
Improved self-monitoring of blood sugar levels, along with healthier food choices and more exercise can all play a part in better A1C numbers.
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