If you or a loved one has diabetes, then you understand the importance of monitoring the disease on a daily and long-term basis. Glucose levels indicate short-term changes in your blood sugar. Your glycated hemoglobin percent, also known as your HbA1C level, shows the average amount of blood sugar your cells has stored in the past three months. According to the American Diabetes Association, you should aim for a hemoglobin rating of less than 7 percent. Taking steps to lower your hemoglobin levels allow you to confirm the efficacy of your lifestyle changes or treatment plan.
Eat foods with a low glycemic index. The American Diabetes Association recommends eating specific "super foods" because they are nutrient packed and low in sugars. Such foods include beans, berries, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.2
Monitor your glucose levels regularly. To lower your A1C, you must keep your glucose levels consistently low by routinely monitoring your blood throughout the day.3
Stick with a routine. Assuming you are making healthy diet choices, eating at the same time each day helps your body maintain consistent blood glucose levels.4
Exercise regularly. A daily brisk walk or even playing outside with your pet or children is a great way to maintain your both weight and your A1C levels.