Welcome! I’m Dr. Etie Moghissi, a clinical endocrinologist and advisor to the Blood Sugar Basics program. Like you, I treat a number of patients with type 2 diabetes and know that we work very hard to help patients achieve glycemic control, but it can be challenging at times.

As you may know, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) recommends a general A1C goal of 6.5 percent or less for many adults with diabetes, although, this goal should be individualized based on patient-specific characteristics. About one-third of adults are not at their A1C goal, so it’s crucial that we continue to work with our patients to set a goal that is right for them and develop a personal diabetes management plan that can help them reduce their risk of serious long-term health problems.

Many people with diabetes understand the importance of controlling hyperglycemia through diet, exercise and medicine, if prescribed. However, they may not be aware of the risk of hypoglycemia. It’s essential that we explain the causes and symptoms of both hyperglycemia and  hypoglycemia to our patients. Keep in mind, our patients may know that hypoglycemia could be caused by behavioral factors such as skipping meals or exercising excessively, but what they may not know is that certain diabetes medicines can also contribute to an increased risk of hypoglycemia.

To help you and your patients work together to get to their A1C goal, we have developed the downloadable resources below. These materials will also help your patients understand if they are at risk of hypoglycemia and encourage them to speak with you about how they can help reduce that risk.

What You Should Know About Blood Sugar Control

This poster can be displayed in your office as a visual resource to encourage patients to talk with you about setting and achieving an A1C goal that is right for them. It will also help them understand that as they work to reach their glycemic goals, they also need to be aware of the potential risk of hypoglycemia. The poster raises awareness of the symptoms and causes of both hyperglycemia and  hypoglycemia, so patients can learn to recognize them quickly and take action, as appropriate.

Blood Sugar Management – A Toolkit for You and Your Patients

This toolkit emphasizes the importance of understanding both hyperglycemia and  hypoglycemia in diabetes management and how they can impact a patient’s ability to reach their glycemic goals. It includes resources for your patients such as a hypoglycemia checklist and questionnaire.

Patient Brochure

This brochure explains A1C and the importance for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their physician to set and attain a personal A1C goal. It also outlines the key components of a diabetes management plan (diet, exercise and medicine, if prescribed), and includes a list of quick questions patients can ask their physician about proper blood glucose control.

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.