Diabetes Tests and Targets

Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Registered Nurse, talks about what tests and targets are important for patients living with Diabetes.

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Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Registered Nurse, talks about what tests and targets are important for patients living with Diabetes.
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Diabetes Tests and Targets Featuring Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Registered Nurse

Duration: 2 minutes, 20 seconds

Presenter: Lori Berard, Nurse, Winnipeg, MB

Local Practitioners: Nurse

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Glucose monitoring for optimal blood sugar control

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Maintaining your A1C or blood glucose targets is very important to overall health and avoiding future complications of diabetes.

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The A1C is a blood test that reports a percentage that reflects how well sugars have been controlled over the past few months. For most diabetics an A1C of 7% or lower is the target to aim for.

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Home glucose monitoring can involve a fasting glucose test (when the patient has had nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours or longer), or a glucose test taken 2 hours after a meal. Targets for fasting test should be between 4 - 7mmol/L and between 5 - 10 mmol/L two hours after a meal.

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Patients can rely on doing A1C tests alone, rather than spend time self monitoring every day.

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Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease than the general population, and should therefor have their cholesterol levels checked at least once a year and aim to have an LDL level of 2.0 mmol/L or lower.

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Monitoring overall vascular health is important for patients living with diabetes. Patients should aim to have a blood pressure less than 130/80.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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