Mission No. 2 – Finalize Strategy: Set Goals Commit To A Plan

Now that you’ve checked in with your diabetes healthcare team and have a better understanding of your A1C and how well you are currently managing your diabetes, it’s time to get started on Mission No. 2 – Finalize Strategy!

During your appointment:

  • Be sure to take an active role in working with your healthcare provider to set an A1C goal and blood sugar goals that are right for you
  • Remember, people with type 2 diabetes will have a different A1C goal and blood sugar goals depending on their diabetes history and their general health
  • Take the time to develop an individualized treatment plan with your diabetes healthcare team that fits your personal needs, including meal planning, physical activity and medication, when prescribed
    • This plan will help you to better manage the ABCs of diabetes—that’s A for A1C, also known as blood sugar, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol, which in turn can help reduce your risk for serious long-term complications
A main priority in type 2 diabetes treatment is to keep your blood sugar under control and to reach the A1C goal you establish with your doctor. The tips below will help you work with your doctor to develop personalized strategies for reaching your diabetes management goals. I know you can do it!
Dr. Moghissi
Finalize your diabetes management strategy by filling out the following materials with your diabetes healthcare team: Print the following materials which can help you fully commit to the meal plan and physical activity portion of your treatment plan: More Helpful Resources:


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.