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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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A1C test helps diagnose diabetes
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Our office recently received a call asking about a "new" blood test to diagnose diabetes. You may have heard on the news earlier this year that at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting an international committee of experts announced their consensus that the A1C blood test is an accurate way to diagnose diabetes.
The A1C test, also known as glycated hemoglobin or HbA1C, is a blood test that provides a picture of average blood sugar control for the past two to three months. When you have uncontrolled diabetes, you have too much sugar in your blood stream. The extra blood glucose enters your red blood cells and sticks to the molecules of the hemoglobin.
The A1C measures the percentage of glycosylated hemoglobin in your blood and this gives your doctor an overview of your average blood glucose control over the past 2-3 months. So, the A1C test is not new, it is just that it's now being recommended as a tool to diagnose diabetes.
The A1C helps:
- Confirm self-testing blood glucose results
- To evaluate whether or not your diabetes management plan is working
- You see how healthy choices make a difference in blood sugar control
The A1C does not:
- Replace daily self-testing of blood glucose
- Measure your day-to-day control. You cannot adjust your insulin doses based on A1C tests
Daily self-testing of blood glucose and your log results are important to staying in effective control. The A1C test is used along with your daily blood glucose checks for the best possible control.blog index