Mission No. 1 – Gather Intelligence: Get Organized Talk to Your Doctor

To successfully complete any mission, it’s helpful to look for direction and guidance from an experienced leader. As a first step, meet with a member of your diabetes healthcare team (including primary care provider, endocrinologist and/or diabetes educator) to gather intelligence that will help you learn your A1C and understand how well you are currently managing your diabetes.

Be prepared for your diabetes healthcare team to discuss:

  • How often you should test your blood sugar at home and what your targets should be
  • An A1C goal that is right for you and what this A1C means
  • How frequently you should have an A1C test
  • How often you should meet with your healthcare provider to monitor your progress
  • How well your current treatment plan is helping you achieve your goals. Keep in mind that meal planning, physical activity, and medication (when prescribed) are all important in helping you get to your A1C goal and blood sugar goals

Planning in advance for your appointment will help you take advantage of the time at your check-up, and can make it easier for you to complete your missions and Get to Your Goals!
Dr. Moghissi

Get organized. Print these helpful materials to bring with you to your appointment:

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Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Etie Moghissi is a clinical endocrinologist involved in patient care in private practice in Marina del Rey, California, as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Collage of Endocrinology.

As a clinical endocrinologist, I treat a number of people with type 2 diabetes and know that managing the disease can be a difficult undertaking. The initial diagnosis is often overwhelming and many patients do not realize that high blood sugar levels over time can lead to serious long-term complications.

That’s why I’m working on the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program to provide you with clear tools and missions that encourage you to know your A1C and talk to your diabetes healthcare team (including your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and/or diabetes educator) about setting and attaining your blood sugar goals.

By working with your diabetes healthcare team, you can develop an individualized treatment plan and learn more about how lifestyle changes, such as meal planning and physical activity, and medication, when prescribed, all play key roles in helping you reach your A1C goal and blood sugar goals. For more advice about type 2 diabetes management and the importance of teaming up with your doctor, click here.

I am very excited about Get to Your Goals and hope that you find it to be a helpful resource. I know how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their diabetes healthcare team to set personal goals and a plan for achieving them, and that’s exactly where you’ll start with the first mission of Get to Your Goals – Gather Intelligence.