Join America’s Diabetes Challenge:
Get to Your Goals
America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is a program from Merck to urge people with type 2 diabetes to know their A1C number and to talk to their doctor about setting and attaining their own blood sugar goals. The program encourages friends and caregivers to challenge their loved ones to get to their A1C goal and to help support the 29 million Americans living with this condition.
People with type 2 diabetes can reduce their risk of serious complications by setting individual goals to manage the ABCs of diabetes—that’s A for A1C, also known as blood sugar, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol. Work with your doctor to come up with an individualized treatment plan that is right for you.
A1C is a blood test that shows your average blood sugar level over the past two to three months and helps you and your doctor see how well your diabetes treatment is working. A main goal of type 2 diabetes management is to keep your blood sugar under control and to reach the A1C goal you’ve established with your doctor.
People without diabetes usually have an A1C ranging from 4-6 percent. It is recommended that many people with diabetes have an A1C of less than 7 percent to help reduce the risk of complications,* and nearly half of people with diabetes are not at an A1C <7%. A higher or lower A1C goal may be appropriate for some people, and you should speak with your doctor about what goal is right for you.
So…are YOU at your A1C and blood sugar goals?
Find out by accepting America’s Diabetes Challenge.
Take the PLEDGE to know your A1C and to get to your goal!
Know your A1C and set goals.
Develop a plan to reach your A1C goal.
Help a loved one reach their A1C goal.