Don`t forget monitor your blood sugar!

Despite the national epidemic of &to=http:// ' target=_blank>type 2 diabetes, two out of three Americans with the disease don't meet the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' target for blood sugar goals, tells the Forbes.

That finding is contained in the association's first-of-its-kind State of Diabetes in America report. It was presented Wednesday at the group's 14th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Curiously, 84 percent of the 157,000 type 2 diabetics polled believe they are doing a good job of managing their diabetes by controlling their blood sugar. More than 18 million Americans have diabetes, and type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases. There are 1.2 million new cases diagnosed each year, the association said.

A survey during 2003 and 2004 on 157,000 Type 2 diabetics in the United States found 67 percent of the patients did not have an adequate level of A1C, a &to=http:// ' target=_blank>blood sugar reading. The survey was sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists(AACE) and the American College of Endocrinologists.

The A1C test indicates average blood sugar level over the past two months. A normal A1C level is 5, and an A1C level A separate AACE-commissioned survey of 501 adults with diabetes also showed that 84 percent believed they were doing a good job of controlling their blood sugar, and 61 percent did not know what the A1C test is.

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