Why do you Need to Monitor your Blood Test
It is important that you control your blood glucose levels because having too high sugar levels for a long time increases the risk of diabetes related complications such as;
- Diabetic Retinopathy which can cause Blindness
- Kidney Failure which can lead to you requiring Kidney Dialysis
- Peripheral Arterial Disease which can lead you to have Leg Amputation
- Heart Disease causing which can cause Heart Attack
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Academy of Medicine Malaysia recommend the following target blood glucose levels for adults with Type 2 diabetes. However, around 76% of diabetic patients still have problems keeping good control.
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Type 2 Diabetes Target
- Fasting Before Meals 4.4 – 7 mmol/l
- 2 hours after Meal below 8.5 mmol/l
- HbA1c less than 6.5% (for young healthy patients with low risk of hypoglycemia)
- HbA1c between 6.6 – 7% (for all other patients)
- HbA1c between 7.1 – 8% (for patients with heart disease or prone to hypoglycaemia)
Although the list of diabetes complications may look scary. The risk is minimized IF you keep good blood glucose control and measure your blood regularly. Even small improvements can make a big difference if you are motivated to change to a healthier lifestyle and eat better.
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week
- Lose 5-10% of your body weight over 6-month period if you are overweight
- Choose foods with alow[PN1] Glycemic Index
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