Mission No. 3 – Regroup: Check In With Your Doctor Assess Your Progress

Congratulations! You’ve reached Mission No. 3 – Regroup. You should be very proud of all that you have accomplished so far.

We understand that healthy habits take time to develop, and that you may not have reached your A1C goal and daily blood sugar goals on your first try. That’s why it is important to keep participating so you can continue to work toward and maintain your goals.

I’m so proud of your dedication to Get to Your Goals, and you should be, too! Keep exploring other ways to continue your progress.
Dr. Moghissi

Check back in with your diabetes healthcare team to assess what worked for you:

  • Review your Get to Your Goals: Mission Strategy with a member of your diabetes healthcare team, discuss your progress, and ask any questions that came up while you completed your missions
  • Determine if you achieved your personal goals the first time around
    • If your answer is yes, work with your healthcare provider to set more challenging goals (if appropriate) for eating healthy, getting active, controlling blood sugar and reducing heart disease risks
    • If your answer is no, continue working on the goals you and your diabetes healthcare team have set and discuss additional ways to help reach them with your healthcare provider
  • If you have met your diabetes management goals, congratulations! It’s important to stay committed to your meal plan and physical activity, and to continue taking your medication, as prescribed. Do not stop taking your medication until you have talked with your healthcare provider
  • If you haven’t met your diabetes management goals, don’t be discouraged. Many people need to adjust their treatment plans over time to help them reach their blood sugar goals. Sometimes changes in medication may be needed, so if your doctor decides it is time to switch your medication, it doesnt mean you havent tried hard enough

Print out a new Get to Your Goals: Mission Strategy , Healthy Meals and Snacks Planner and Weekly Activity Tracker to continue the missions.

Also, don’t forget to share your accomplishments with your friends and family. They can help you maintain the healthy habits you’ve formed and support you as you work toward new goals!

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.