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Your diabetes ABCs from the HCHC Diabetes Education Center

Jun 13, 2013

A is for A1c

A1c, short for HbA1c, or hemoglobin A1c, measures your average blood glucose over the past three months. Suggested target range is below 7 percent, which corresponds with an average blood glucose level of 150 mg/dl. This test should be performed at least twice a year, as ordered by your primary physician.

A is also for aspirin

Taking low-dose aspirin everyday has been proven to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, children, as well as young adults with no prior history of heart disease, should not take aspirin without a doctor’s order, nor should some older adults with other disease processes that would contradict aspirin’s usage. You should always check with your physician before starting a daily aspirin regimen.

Lastly, A is for albuminuria

Albuminuria refers to a build-up of protein in the urine. A test that measures urine microalbumin to creatinine ratio is often used to detect kidney disease early on, which can often stop the progression of the disease. This can prevent dialysis or kidney transplantation from being needed down the line. A suggested target range for this test is below 30 mg/dl. This test should be performed once a year.

B is for blood pressure

Having sustained high blood pressure makes your heart work excessively hard, and also can cause damage to your kidneys, as well as your eyes. Blood pressure should be maintained below 130/80 for optimal control. Individuals with known high blood pressure should check their blood pressure often at home. Blood pressure should always be checked at doctor’s visits, as well.

C is for cholesterol

LDL’s, commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol, can build-up and clog your arteries, leading to heart attacks and strokes occurring. HDL, otherwise known as “good” cholesterol, helps to remove cholesterol from your blood vessels. It is suggested to keep LDL’s below 100 mg/dl and HDL’s above 50 mg/dl. Both LDL’s and HDL’s should be measured at least once a year.

Henry County Health Center would like to share with you our patient’s hemoglobin A1c results from July 2012-present:

When HCHC compares nationally with other patients hemoglobin A1c results, we are lower than the national level of 7.5 percent. Average blood sugar of 170 mg/dl

HCHC presently has an average of 7.1 percent. Average blood sugar of 156 mg/dl

A one percent reduction in hemoglobin A1c levels is a 35% reduction in ending up with complications from the disease diabetes.

The goal for the hemoglobin A1c level is less than 7%, which is an average of 154 mg/dl.

We are very proud of the lifestyle changes our clients have made to get their hemoglobin A1c levels down.

We contribute this success in outcomes due to our excellent physicians, our diabetes education team and most importantly to our patients that have followed the advice and teaching we have given them.


“Do not let diabetes control you, you control your diabetes.” This quote was given to us by an 11-year-old girl with Type 1 diabetes!

Please call if you need any information about our diabetes program at 319-385-6518

Laura’s Recipe Corner:

Berries ‘N Cream Wonton Cups

Prep time 15 minutes. Bake time six to eight minutes


24 square wonton wrappers

1 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 container (8 oz) low-fat strawberry yogurt

1 1/2 cups thawed, frozen whipped topping, divided

1 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries

2 tsp powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a pastry brush, brush one side of each wonton wrapper with melted butter. Sprinkle wontons evenly with sugar using flour/sugar shaker. Press each wonton, sugar side up, into cups of deluxe mini-muffin pan. Bake six to eight minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove wontons from pan to stackable cooling rack; cool completely.

2. Place yogurt in small batter bowl; fold in one cup of the whipped topping. Attach closed star tip to your decorator; fill with remaining whipped topping.

3. Using small scoop, scoop yogurt mixture into each wonton. Top each wonton with one raspberry and two blueberries. Garnish with whipped topping; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

Yields: 24 wontons

Nutrients per serving (2 wonton cups): Calories 110, Total Fat 3 g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 18 grams, Protein 2g, Sodium 110mg, Fiber 1g

Diabetic exchanges per serving (2 wonton cups): 1 starch. 1/2 fat (1 carb)

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