America's Diabetes Challenge is a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association that encourages people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 months). As part of the program, people can also learn if they're at risk of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia, and how to help reduce that risk. These are two examples of the many challenges people face when it comes to managing diabetes.
One-third of adults living with type 2 diabetes are not at their A1C goal. The Association recommends that people with diabetes have an individualized A1C goal. The goal for many adults with diabetes is less than 7 percent. A higher or lower goal may be appropriate for some people. You should speak with your doctor about what goal is right for you.
Living with diabetes and getting to an A1C goal isn't easy, but it's possible. As a way to further support the millions of Americans living with type 2 diabetes, America's Diabetes Challenge is asking people to share their experiences with the disease or supporting someone who has it. Maybe you're having difficulty reaching your A1C goal, eating healthy foods or visiting your doctor regularly. Or, maybe you're proud that you reached your A1C Goal through sticking to your individualized diabetes management plan.
Your voice matters to us, so please visit AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com to share your successes and challenges. Throughout the year, we'll be listening closely to your experiences so we can determine which challenges are most common. Then, we'll share some ways to help you tackle them head on.
You can submit your story via written word, a photo with caption or a video.