American Diabetes Association Endorses
HBA1c= “hemoglobin A one c” is a blood test that calculates the average blood sugar results over a 90-120 day period of time. Normal values range between 4.5-6.5 and can vary slightly depending on individual laboratory normal values. It is widely held that values over 7 regardless of the laboratory method are above the normal range. This test is unlike the blood glucose test performed at
home, which gives the result, based on the blood sugar at the exact time that it was taken.
A patient’s team should include their physician and Certified Diabetes Educators who can teach patients “survival skills” and help support their progress in achieving and maintaining control of their diabetes.
Charlotte Hodge RN, NP, CDE, founder and president of Diabetes Solutions, is a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator who has specialized in the field of diabetes for 25 years. She has designed and provided diabetes education and programming for patients and professionals as well as business models for providers of diabetes care. She is past president of the Diabetes Teaching Nurses of So. California, a founding Board member and past president of the American Diabetes Association, Inland Empire Chapter where she has served on boards and committees at the state and national levels. The ADA nominated her as the Diabetes Educator of the Year for the state of California. The Inland Empire ADA has honored her as Volunteer of the Year. While working with Dr. Irving Spratt for 10 years she was instrumental in bringing the California Diabetes Control Program to the Inland Empire and conducting a 5-year clinical trial for Humalin insulin. She was a Regional Director of Operations for Diabetes Treatment Centers of America and the Program Director for the Diabetes Treatment Centers at both Riverside Community Hospital and later at Parkview Community Hospital, Riverside California. Charlotte has written widely for local and national publications. She has traveled extensively as an ambassador for diabetes to China and Mongolia with the People to People Program and also to Honduras and Central Mexico on various medical missions.
Diabetes Solutions has a multidisciplinary staff of Certified
Diabetes Educators who are available to work with diabetes patients in
order to increase their knowledge of survival skills and their treatment
plan prior to discharge from the hospital. This service is provided to
patients who are hospitalized at Riverside Community Hospital. For others,
outpatient classes and individual consults are available on a fee for
service basis for adults, youth and Spanish speaking patients. The “Sweet
Success” diabetes and pregnancy program is also offered. Free community
lectures and support groups for adults and youth are available at no
charge. To receive further information and schedules,
send E-Mail or call Diabetes Solutions at 788-3209.