How to stay in the guardrails of blood sugar range
How to know your blood sugar guardrails?
Have you noticed the safety guardrails when you drive on the road? You have freedom to drive as you wish but veering outside the guardrails is dangerous and everybody wants to stay safe. We have them to tell us when we are getting outside the safe zone. It is kind of like that with your blood sugar ranges. Knowing the blood sugar ranges to stay in helps keep us out of bad situations and on the road healthy and happy. Your doctor can help you know what your normal ranges (or guardrails) should be.
What is the difference in HbA1c and my checks using my meter?
When checking your blood sugar using a meter, you can see how much sugar is in your blood at that moment. It is a single point in time. As you check more often, you can start to see patterns, ups and downs through the day. The HbA1c (also called A1c) test measures how much sugar has attached to your blood over a longer time span. This test is used to see how high or low a person's blood sugar has been over the past few months. It can help you and your doctor see a broader view of the ups, downs, and the average. The number is given as a percentage and is best at 7% or below. Still, because it's an average, the A1c shouldn’t be used by itself. Think about it like a roller coaster. You can have steep ups and downs or mild ups and downs and average about the same in the middle. One roller coaster is hair-raising and the other is pretty mild.
Life is better when you are in range.
You have many places to go and things to do. We know it is hard to constantly think about and make changes to keep your blood sugar within those ranges. But staying in your range (your safety guardrails) can bring more to your life. It lowers your risk of health problems farther down the road. And, you don't have to wait for long to see benefits from staying in range. Working to keep your blood sugar in range daily can help you have more energy, sleep better and even be in a better mood every day.1 That can mean a lot.
How to know more about blood sugar ranges?
If you want to know more, you can check out the article, How to make sense of blood sugar numbers. Or you can click on the medical links below.
1 Polonsky WH. Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association; 1999:15. Accessed June 30, 2015.
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