Do You Know Your Diabetes Numbers?
When it comes to diabetes, numbers count. By monitoring certain aspects of your health, you can stay in control of your diabetes and help prevent future problems. Here’s a guide to three numbers that everyone with diabetes should know. 1. A1c is a blood test that tells you how well your blood sugar is controlled. While a blood sugar test measures a moment in time, the A1c gives a big-picture view of your blood sugar control during the last two to three months, so you know if your treatment plan is working. The details: An A1c below 7 percent is a common goal. Your doctor may set your goal above or below this. Be sure to get tested at least twice a year. 2. Blood pressure is an indication of your blood vessel health. High blood pressure makes your heart work harderaises the risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease, so controlling your blood pressure is important. The details: A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 (“120 over 80”) or lower. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90 is “early high blood pressure.” Get your blood pressure checked at every health care visit. 3.Cholesterol and triglyceride tests tell you if these blo Continue reading >>