If you have diabetes, it is important to have good blood glucose levels before and after surgery. This will help you heal better after surgery and lower your risk of infection.
Talk with your health care provider who manages your diabetes about having good blood glucose levels before your surgery. It is recommended for you to have an A1c level lower than 7.5 percent within three months before your surgery.
If your A1c level is 7.5 percent or higher, your surgery may be rescheduled until your blood glucose level is under control.
The stress of surgery can sometimes increase your blood glucose level after surgery. You may be given insulin to control your blood glucose while you are in the hospital. If you take diabetes pills, you will usually start taking them again when you leave the hospital. Follow any instructions your health care provider who manages your diabetes gives you.
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