If you have diabetes, managing your A1C level is vital to ensuring you don't develop complications such as eye, nerve, foot or kidney damage. Home blood sugar testing is an important and useful tool, but it only provides a snapshot of your blood sugar levels in the moment. An A1C test provides an average from the past three months, which can provide a more accurate sense of how well you're managing your type 2 diabetes. Patients with diabetes should get an A1C test every three to six months.
There are ways to improve your blood sugar management and contribute to lowering your A1C score:
- Register to meet with a dietitian from the Geckle Center for diabetes self-management education in the convenience of your doctor's office. Begin with an individual visit for personalized diabetes training and support and then follow up in a group for meal planning, carb counting, glucose monitoring, taking medications, insulin training (if needed), and weight management. To sign up, click here or call 443-849-2036.
- Get moving. Find a workout you enjoy that will encourage you to get at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.
- Stick to a schedule. When you overeat or skip meals, your blood sugar levels are rising and falling too much. Have regular well-balanced meals.
- Balance your diet. You may be surprised what one serving size of fruit looks like. A diabetes educator can help you plan a proper diet that works for you.