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How often should I have my blood sugar tested if I am over 50 with diabetes and why?

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Your doctor needs to know how well you control your blood sugar levels. He’ll give you an A1c test, which shows your average over the past 3 months. If you have it under control, he may only need to do this test every 6 months. If you’re still getting there, you’ll need to be tested every 3 months. You should aim for an A1c level around 7% to avoid more health problems.

From: Getting Older? Get These Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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