Managing Diabetes

Living with diabetes: How to avoid long-term complications

June 18, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? 

There have been tremendous advances in the treatment of this condition, and we can avoid many of the long-term complications through careful management. 

Perhaps the biggest development is a blood test called the hemoglobin A1C test. The hemoglobin A1C shows your average blood sugar over the last three months. This is better than a standard blood sugar test because unlike a low blood sugar test, which provides a snapshot, the hemoglobin A1C gives a broad picture over time. 

Of course, if you need medication, the most important thing that you need to do is take the medication as prescribed. 

In addition, we have learned that if you have diabetes you are at greater risk for heart problems. This is why we make certain that you have your cholesterol checked and that you also take medication if you have high blood pressure. 

Finally, always have an eye exam and your kidney function checked on a regular basis because there are complications associated with these organ systems with diabetes.