Targets for glycated haemoglobin

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6998.189b (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:189
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  1. Professor of diabetes medicine Department of Medicine, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    Glycated haemoglobin targets are attainable

    EDITOR,--Chris Butler and colleagues criticise the targets set for glycated haemoglobin concentration by various organisations and guidelines on the grounds that they are not based on normative data and seem to be largely unattainable in clinical practice.1 The authors are incorrect on both counts.

    The targets set by the British Diabetic Association and St Vincent Declaration have a common history, which can be most easily traced to the consensus guidelines of the European Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus Policy Group published in 1988.2 Those guidelines, adopted by a consensus meeting of over 200 European doctors, were compared by the …

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