One of the five goals for achieving the best diabetes care is maintaining appropriate blood sugar (A1c level less than 8).
Maintaining the right blood sugar level is an important part of controlling diabetes. The A1c is a blood test that measures the amount of blood sugars in the bloodstream. This test shows your blood sugar average over a period of 3 months. When it is in the right range people feel better and the risk of diabetes related problems are reduced.
High quality care for diabetes includes tests to see if your diabetes is less than 8. This goal is part of the D5, five treatment goals created to make it easier for patients with diabetes and their health care team to focus on treatments that have the greatest health impact.
Talk with your doctor about how you're doing on your D5. Learn more at www.theD5.org.