CONNECTICUT:-The number of US diabetics with healthy blood sugar levels has declined in recent years, a study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 1.6 million adults with diabetes from 2006 to 2013. During this period, the proportion with HbA1c below 7% declined from 56 percent to 54 percent, and the share with HbA1c at or above 9% rose from 10 percent to 12 percent. “Clearly, there is a sizeable proportion of patients with poor glycemic control – and many of them are young,” said lead study author Kasia Lipska of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

“We need to do better for them.”

The researchers examined data on prescriptions and blood sugar test results to see how changes in medication utilization might relate to shifts in the proportion of diabetics with healthy blood sugar.