Control Your Diabetes by Controlling Your Blood Sugar (West Region)

11/21/2022

This article contains information specific to beneficiaries living in the West RegionAlaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.. Check the map to find your region.

A key step to controlling diabetes is controlling your blood sugar levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer guidelines to help you control blood sugar and HbA1c levels. According to the CDC, regular blood sugar monitoring is the most important step to managing your diabetes.

To help you manage your blood sugar, here are a few things you need to do:

  • Check your blood sugar regularly. This allows you to monitor how medications, exercise, illness, and even stress may affect your blood sugar levels.
  • Keep track of your blood sugar levels. This gives you the opportunity to prevent your sugar levels from dropping too low or rising too high.
  • Keep blood sugar levels in your target range as much as possible. This can help prevent or delay long-term, serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.

Tracking your blood sugar level is an important way to know how your diabetes plan is working. Regular HbA1C tests can also help with this. A medical professional will usually perform these tests at a lab. The results will provide you with an average blood sugar level over the past two or three months. Your regular blood sugar checks are just one part of a picture; the HbA1C tests are the entire picture.

Don’t let looking at blood sugar results leave you confused or even frustrated. You should work with your doctor to discuss objectives for tracking and managing your blood sugar levels and available resources that can help you.

If you have diabetes and would like personalized education, support, and coaching, you can nominate yourself for Health Net Federal Services, LLC’s Chronic Care/Disease Management program. Call 1-844-732-2436, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time), or use the self-nomination form.

Last Updated 11/22/2022