Question: What are the most important measures to keep my diabetes under control?
Answer: The first thing you have to understand is that there are measures and you have to use them to know if your diabetes is under control, it's not really just a matter of whether or not you feel bad or have symptoms of high blood sugar. There are two general approaches to knowing if the diabetes is under control. One is the fingerstick monitoring of blood sugar -- that is the one that requires a drop of blood from the finger or sometimes the arm to know what the blood sugar is at the moment. So that tells you hour-to-hour whenever you measure it exactly what your sugar is doing at that time. The other general approach is the use of Hemoglobin A1c -- has different names A1c, glycated hemoglobin, there are various names -- but that is the measure that tells you what your average control has been over the months before the test is taken.