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High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) (cont.)

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Follow-up

Patients with diabetes should have a hemoglobin A1c test performed every three months. Similar to a report card, this test provides feedback about the overall sugar levels for the past three months. People with diabetes should have a hemoglobin A1c level less than 7% at each clinical visit. Levels above 7% usually result from a person's consistent failure to:

  • follow a proper plan of diet,
  • take the necessary medication(s),
  • closely monitor blood glucose,
  • exercise, or
  • a consistent failure to exercise good judgment and high personal motivation regarding such a plan.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/2/2014

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