As if it weren’t enough to keep up with your daily blood glucose readings, a diagnosis of Diabetes comes with all sorts of additional monitoring to stay on top of your health.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) are the two primary organizations in the US for guidelines for monitoring diabetes and related medical conditions. Your specific recommendations will come from your medical provider but generally include the following:
Hemoglobin A1c (A1c)
The A1c is a blood test that measures an average blood sugar over the past 3 months. Glucose meter readings give a “moment in time” measure of blood sugar but the A1c gives a broader picture of blood sugar control over the past 2-3 months. The A1c test often doesn’t need a full blood draw and is done with just a finger stick; results are usually available within minutes.
What do the results mean? For diagnosis the results mean: