7 tips to improve your HbA1c

Having a good HbA1c means that, generally, your average blood sugar levels are lower. This is positive for several reasons, one reason being that good HbA1c control helps to reduce your risk of complications in later life.

For most people with type 2 diabetes or type 1 diabetes, the HbA1c target recommended by NICE, or the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, is 48 mmol/mol or 6.5%. [1] [2]

This target is easy for some to achieve, but for others it’s not. And scoring below 53 mmol/mol or 7% is still impressive.

In this video we’ve picked out 7 tips that people with good HbA1c levels use to help them.

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References:

[1] 1 Recommendations | Type 2 diabetes in adults: management | Guidance | NICE. 2019. 1 Recommendations | Type 2 diabetes in adults: management | Guidance | NICE. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng28/chapter/1-Recommendations. [Accessed 01 August 2019].

[2] NICE. 2019. Tighter blood glucose targets for people with type 1 diabetes | News and features | News | NICE. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/stricter-blood-glucose-targets-for-people-with-diabetes. [Accessed 01 August 2019].

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