Diabetes Free A1C Clinic at Washakie Medical Center
WORLAND, Wyo. (June 1, 2011) - Diabetes management, at Washakie Medical Center, involves many tests and screenings, but none is more important than the hemoglobin A1C test. This test tells the doctor how well you have controlled your diabetes over the last two or three months. And that helps you and your doctor know if you are controlling your diabetes successfully.
Depending on your particular case, your A1C may be measured two to four times each year. The American Diabetes Association recommends the following A1C schedule:
- Four times each year if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and use insulin
- Two times each year if you have type 2 diabetes and do not use insulin
A healthy A1C level falls between 4 percent and 6 percent. If you have diabetes, you want your A1C to be as close to 6 percent as possible. Every 1 percent increase in A1C increases the risk of complications.
For good A1C results, it's important for you to know your doctor's goals and to work together to make those goals a reality. Be sure you stick to your A1C testing schedule, understand your results, and consult with your medical team often to keep your condition under control.
A free diabetes clinic to monitor A1C and provide education to diabetic patients will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Worland Outreach Clinic in Worland. Our next quarterly clinic is scheduled for October 6, 2011. These free diabetic screening clinics are provided through a donation from your local Eagles Club and Washakie Medical Center. To schedule an appointment please call (307) 347- 8801.