Did you know 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes? 8.1 million of those may be undiagnosed or unaware of their condition. According to the American Diabetes Association 33% of those with type 2 diabetes have not reached their target A1C goals. That means a staggering 7 million people are at a higher risk of many diseases due to high blood glucose, low blood glucose, or swinging between both.
Here at Sestron Clinical Research we provide an opportunity to connect with our doctors, receive diet and exercise counseling, and participate in Clinical Trials for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. You may be wondering why we list participating in a Clinical Trial as a way help someone reach their target A1C goals.
Did you know that most diabetics who participate in a Clinical Trial have a better chance of reaching their target A1C? Research Site’s often have a better ability to provide one-on-one time to get to know you and help you overcome the hurdles you face as an individual with certain lifestyle challenges. If you live in the Atlanta, GA area we can help. Visit our website http://www.sestron.com.
If you are in the Peach State: Tim McGraw is coming to Atlanta in November for the Kicks Country Fair!
Even if you are not in the Peach State, keep reading!
Why do we care about Tim McGraw (besides the fact that he is a great country artist)?
Merck and the ADA have teamed up with Tim McGraw. They are running the American’s Diabetes Challenge: “Get to Your Goals” to help people with diabetes work with their doctor to get to their A1C goal.
If you have diabetes, take the challenge. Pledge to work with your doctor to set and reach your own A1C goal. Also, be sure to learn if you are at risk of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia, and how to help reduce that risk. Friends and caregivers are encouraged to challenge their loved ones to take the pledge and help support the millions of Americans living with this disease.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes have an individualized A1C goal. The goal for many adults with diabetes is less than 7 percent. A higher or lower goal may be appropriate for some people. You should speak with your doctor about what goal is right for you.
Did you know that diabetes disproportionately affects different ethnic groups?
- 13.2% of all African-American adults live with diabetes
- 12.8% of all Hispanic adults live with diabetes
“I’ve seen first-hand how type 2 diabetes impacts Americans from all walks of life. It’s affected my family, friends and fans. I’m a strong believer in making healthy choices, so I’m encouraging all Americans to join me and challenge their family and friends with diabetes to work with their doctor to get to their A1C goal. Together, we can make a difference.” – Tim McGraw
Talk to Your Doctor to Know Your A1C
Before your appointment, prepare yourself: Be prepared to talk about how your treatment plan is working for you. Be prepared to set an A1C goal. Your doctor will help set your goal that is right for you. Here are some important questions to address with your doctor.
- What is my A1C and what should my goal be?
- What are the signs and symptoms of high and low blood glucose?
- Do I need to make any changes to my diabetes management plan?
- What are the benefits and possible side effects of the medicine(s) I’m taking?
- What are the possible causes of high and low blood glucose?
American Diabetes Association. “American’s Diabetes Challenge.” Diabetes. ADA, 1 Apr. 2015. Web. 15 July 2015.
Accept America’s Diabetes Challenge
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