Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Ask Dr. Leavitt--I have Diabetes and check my blood sugar 4 times a day. Is there a better way?

I have diabetes and check my blood sugar four times a day. Is there a better way of monitoring my blood sugar?

Yes, there could be. If you have non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, known as type 2 diabetes, daily blood glucose monitoring may not be necessary. 

Two different blood tests are available to help monitor your blood glucose levels. 

The first test is the hemoglobin A1C test, which measures what your blood sugar has been running on average for the last three months.  You do not need to be fasting for this test to get an accurate reading. 

The second test is new, and is called the Glycomark test.  This test has been approved by the FDA to measure intermediate term glycemic control with diabetes. It allows your doctor to determine how well your blood sugar is controlled after eating meals, which can be problematic for patients with diabetes.

Both tests are usually done every three to six months. Be sure to sit down and have a good discussion with your family doctor about achieving and maintaining your blood sugar goals.

At Leavitt Family Medicine, we are here for you, for all of your medical needs. We welcome your questions and comments; Please let us know how we can help you today!

Posted on 09/21/2011 3:46 PM by Dr. Paul Leavitt
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