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November 2, 2011

Dear Colleague,

November is American Diabetes Month. While reading and selecting articles to include in this issue of our eNewsletter, I learned a new term related to diabetes. I apologize if you've already learned all about this, but my thinking is that if it's new to me, it might be new to some of you as well!

The term is estimated average glucose or eAG. We are all familiar with the HbA1c value, which gives us an overview of patients' average blood glucose control and is useful in detecting long-term patterns of hyperglycemia. There is now a formula to convert a patient's HbA1c value into an eAG value. Why do this? An eAG value allows health care providers to report HbA1c results to patients using the same units that patients see routinely.  The relationship between HbA1c, blood glucose, and eAG levels can be found in this table from the American Journal of Nursing:

HbA1c (%) Glucose (mg/dL) eAG (mg/dL)
6 135 126
7 170 154
8 205 183
9 240 212
10 275 240
11 310 269
12 345 298


Diabetes Under Control: Improving Hospital Care for Patients with Diabetes

Universal Principles for Culturally Sensitive Diabetic Education

School-Based Lived Experiences of Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes: A Preliminary Study

Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Foot Care for Patients With Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus and the Importance of Self-care

Managing Psychosocial Issues In a Family With Diabetes

Learn more about this new terminology and diabetes in general by exploring the articles in More Resources. Our next issue will feature a collection of resources on Patient Safety – see you then!




Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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