The ABC's of diabetes
Transforming Health | 11.27.12
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes — 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a great time to learn about this disease that affects so many of us.
So, what are the ABC's of diabetes and why is it important to know them? Check out this video to find out:
It is important to know your ABC's so that you can talk to your health care team about how to manage your A1C (blood glucose or sugar), Blood pressure, and Cholesterol. This will help lower your chances of having a heart attack, a stroke, or other diabetes problems.
A for the A1C test.
The A1C Test shows you what your blood glucose has been over the last three months. The A1C goal for many people is below 7. High blood glucose levels can harm your heart and blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes.
B for Blood pressure.
The goal for most people is 130/80.
High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. It can cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.
C for Cholesterol.
The LDL goal for most people is less than 100.
The HDL goal for most people is above 40.
LDL or “bad” cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or a stroke. HDL or “good” cholesterol helps remove cholesterol from your blood vessels.
Talk to your health care team about how to manage your ABC's of diabetes.
Ask your health care team:
- What your A1C, blood pressure, and Cholesterol numbers are
- What should your ABC numbers should be
- What you can do to reach your targets
This information is from the National Diabetes Education Program. Video created by Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.
Published in Personal Transformation