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Joslin Diabetes Center, global leader in diabetes research, care and education, announced today a new free educational tool on its Web site -- the Staying //Healthy with Diabetes video series. The set of six short videos gives people with diabetes important information about the regular tests they need to have done to live a healthier life. Several of Joslin's internationally recognized physicians are featured in these videos, available now on http://www.joslin.org.

The number of Americans with diabetes approaches 21 million, and now 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Joslin's Web site continues to be a key resource for those affected by the disease, providing an online diabetes library and the latest information about diabetes research and care at Joslin. The video series, which adds new audio-visual educational materials to Joslin's Web site, gives details about the importance of incorporating these six tests into standard diabetes care.

"At Joslin, we believe that active participation through self management and empowerment form the key to successful treatment of diabetes," explains Martin Abrahamson, M.D., Medical Director at Joslin Diabetes Center. "These videos give people with diabetes details about what the six tests measure and guidelines on what the results should be. This allows patients to work closely with their healthcare team to achieve their personal goals and stay healthy with diabetes."

Below is important information about the six tests:

A1C Test: Presented by Dr. Martin Abrahamson --The A1C test reflects the average blood glucose level for a two to three month period prior to the test and measures how well diabetes is being controlled. Joslin recommends people with diabetes have an A1C done every three to six months, achieving a level of 7 percent or lower, while also checking blood glucose levels at home on a daily basis. Dr. Abrahamson states, "Controlling blood glucose levels through A1C te
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