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 good blood sugar control. A 7.0 or lower score on this measure is better. Good control is generally considered as an A1C less than 7.0; however, not all patents should have a number less than 7.0 including some older patients and patients with significant heart disease. Your doctor will help you understand your A1c goal.
Why it is important
Keeping your blood sugars in control may help to slow the bad effects of diabetes like heart disease, stroke, blindness, 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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