ABCs to Prevent Diabetes Complications

By on 10/10/2016

Prevent long-term diabetes complications by remembering the ABCs of healthy biometric levels.

A is for the A1c test. This test measures your average blood sugar level over a few months. A higher A1C result means that you have a higher risk of developing complications.  Most people aim for an A1c lower than 7%. Learn more about the A1C test.

B is for blood pressure. High blood pressure is twice as likely to strike a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Monitor blood pressure and aim to stay below 140/90 MMHG. Learn more about diabetes and blood pressure.

C is for cholesterol, specifically the amount of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) in your blood. LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol because it causes plaque to build up inside your arteries and leads to heart disease. LDL cholesterol levels less than 100 MG/DL are optimal. Learn more about LDL cholesterol.

*Goals may be different for each person. Ask your doctor what your goals should be.


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