Managing Your Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar)

A1c Testing

This measures your average blood glucose level over the past three months (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and is different from the blood glucose checks you do each day.  It is important to know your blood glucose levels over time. You don’t want those numbers to get too high. High levels of blood glucose can harm your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes. 

The A1c goal for most people with diabetes is less than 7%, which is an estimated average glucose of 154 mg/dL. It may be different for you. Your care team will determine your A1c goal as well as your daily target goal.  

This short video talks about The A1c Test


This video discusses Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia &
the importance of glucose testing

Hypoglycemia and blood glucose testing


CHECK YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE REGULARLY

Blood glucose (blood sugar) monitoring is the best tool that you have to check your diabetes control. Talk to your doctor about whether/how often you should be checking your blood glucose. This check tells you your blood glucose level at any one time. Keeping a log of your results is vital. When you bring this record to your health care provider, you have a good picture of your body's response to your diabetes care plan. Self-monitoring is an integral part of diabetes management because it puts you in charge.