Your target A1C goal may vary depending on your age and other factors.
However, for most people, the American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C level below 7 percent. Compared with repeated daily blood sugar tests, the A1C test is a better indicator of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.
An elevated A1C level may signal the need for a change in your medication, meal plan or activity level. Management of type 2 diabetes includes: These steps will help keep your blood sugar level closer to normal, which can delay or prevent complications.
If you haven't been active for a while, start slowly and build up gradually.
A combination of exercises — aerobic exercises, such as walking or dancing on most days, combined with resistance training, such as weightlifting or yoga twice a week — often helps control blood sugar more effectively than either type of exercise alone.
Sometimes, blood sugar levels can be unpredictable.
With help from your diabetes treatment team, you'll learn how your blood sugar level changes in response to food, exercise, alcohol, illness and medication.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days of the week.
Stretching and strength training exercises are important, too.
Surgeries that bypass a portion of the small intestine have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than do other weight-loss surgeries.
Drawbacks to the surgery include its high cost, and there are risks involved, including a risk of death.
Everyone needs regular aerobic exercise, and people who have type 2 diabetes are no exception.