Current HbA1c target 'ridiculous'

A UK professor has sparked controversy at an Australian diabetes conference by stating it is “ridiculous” to aim for a 6—7% HbA1c target in patients with established disease. 

Professor Simon Heller, a clinician and researcher from the University of Sheffield, says many doctors underestimate the dangers of hypoglycaemia and don’t properly explain the reasons for tight targeting to their patients.

He told delegates at the Australian Diabetes Society annual scientific meeting in Adelaide last week that a 6—7% HbA1c, as suggested in some guidelines, is not