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How will I know whether my diabetes treatment is working?

Bangalore Diabetes Centre & Diagnostic Lab

Bangalore Diabetes Centre & Diagnostic Lab

  Kalyan nagar, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   1 min     

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You can keep track of the ABCs of diabetes to make sure your treatment is working. Talk with your health care provider about the best targets for you.

A stands for A1C (a test that measures blood glucose control). Have an A1C test at least twice a year. It shows your average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. Talk with your doctor about whether you should check your blood glucose at home and how to do it.

A1C target
Below 7 percent, unless your doctor sets a different target



Blood glucose targets
Before meals90 to 130 mg/dL
1 to 2 hours after the start of a mealLess than 180 mg/dL

B is for blood pressure. Have it checked at every office visit.

Blood pressure target
Below 140/80 mm Hg, unless your doctor sets a different target

C is for cholesterol. Have it checked at least once a year.

Blood fat (cholesterol) targets
LDL (bad) cholesterolUnder 100 mg/dL
TriglyceridesUnder 150 mg/dL
HDL (good) cholesterol
    For men: above 40 mg/dL
    For women: above 50 mg/dL

Control of the ABCs of diabetes can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. If your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels aren't on target, ask your doctor what changes in diet, activity, and medications can help you reach these goals.

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