Wellness Tip: Maintaining Health A1C Levels
Monitoring blood glucose levels is critical in the early detection and treatment of diabetes, a disease that can damage the heart, kidney, nerves, blood vessels and eyes. While blood glucose levels will vary, ideal fasting blood glucose is between 70-110 mg/dl. If your fasting level is above 120, you should see your doctor for follow-up care.
To lower your glucose levels and reduce your risk for developing diabetes:
- See your doctor regularly.
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- Be more physically active. Aim for at least 90 to 150 minutes of aerobic and/or dynamic resistance exercise per week, and/or three sessions of isometric resistance exercises per week.
When it comes to your A1C levels, there is no one-size-fits-all number. The normal range for A1C levels is between 4% and 5.6%. Your A1C numbers give you a better idea of your glucose levels because it is based upon your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months. Exercise and a healthy eating plan can help you achieve A1C levels within a healthy range.