People with diabetes need to have regular tests, called A1C tests, to check their blood sugar. Some patients must check their blood sugars at home and bring a record of these to each doctor’s visit to help monitor how well they are controlling blood sugars between visits.
This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had POOR blood sugar control. A LOWER score on this measure is better. Poor blood sugar control is generally considered as an A1C greater than 9.0.
Why it is important
Allowing your blood sugars to be frequently high results in an A1C of greater than 9.0 and will speed up the bad effects of diabetes like heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations from poor circulation.
What you and your doctor should do
Pay close attention to your diet, control your portion sizes and get regular exercise. Monitor your blood sugar at home with finger sticks if your doctor recommends that. Work together to develop a plan of care that will work well in controlling your A1C levels.
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