If you have Type I or Type II Diabetes, it is important that you visit your doctor regularly. Most people will have check-ups every three months. At this visit, you and your doctor will review your day to day control of your blood sugar as well as your A1c. It is a good idea to view these visits as a way for you to learn more about diabetes and how to take charge of your blood sugar.
What is an A1c?
A hemoglobin A1c (or A1c for short) is an average measurement of your blood sugar for the past three months. This test helps give you and your doctor a snapshot of how well you have been controlling your sugar. The goal for most people is to have an A1c < 7%, which is equal to a blood sugar average of 154.
How can I improve my blood sugar numbers?
There are many ways to improve your blood sugar! Your doctor can discuss these options with you in more detail at your visit. A great place to start is exercise. You should start slowly and build up to a goal, and remember to talk to your doctor before starting a new routine. Diet is another area that you may be able to improve. Your doctor may have you meet with a registered dietician at BMC to learn more. Also, your doctor may make medication changes that will help you better control your diabetes.
What else can I do to stay healthy?
Remember to perform daily foot checks. This means you should look at and feel your feet every day. If you find anything concerning, you should meet with your doctor. Maintaining healthy feet is important!
Remember to have yearly eye exams. High blood sugar can affect your blood vessels, and it is important for your eye doctor to check for these changes at least yearly.
Where can I learn more?
The American Diabetes Association has a great website for patients:
Take a look for more information about living with diabetes and for recipes and tips on staying healthy. Remember, your diabetes does not control you! Through regular doctor visits, you can manage your diabetes!