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National Diabetes Month


 

Did you know that people with diabetes are at greater risk for heart disease? Taking care of your diabetes can also help you take care of your heart!

Click Any Of These Helpful Links To Learn More About Diabetes:


Control The ABCs Of Diabetes
Each November the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) works with its partners to raise awareness of diabetes management and prevention. With a theme of “Be Smart About Your Heart:

What are the ABCs of Diabetes?

A is for the A1C test

This blood test shows your blood glucose level over the last three months. For many people the A1C goal result is below 7. High blood glucose levels can harm your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, feet and eyes.

B is for Blood Pressure

Most people with diabetes should have a blood pressure goal of below 140/90. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and can lead to heart attack, stroke or kidney disease.

C is for Cholesterol

If bad cholesterol, or LDL, builds up, it can clog your blood vessels causing a heart attack or stroke. HDL or good cholesterol helps to remove cholesterol from your arteries and veins.

S is for Stop Smoking

Smoking increases the chances of complications from diabetes such as heart disease, neuropathy and poor blood flow in the legs and feet.

You can lower your chances of having a heart attack or stroke by controlling your ABCs. You will also reduce your chance of complications from diabetes such as neuropathy in the feet, peripheral artery disease and vision problems.

More Resources from the NDEP

Taking Care of Your Diabetes Means Taking Care of Your Heart tip sheet
You Are the Heart of Your Family – Take Care of It tip sheet
Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime booklet
4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life booklet

It’s easy to remember how to lower your risk of heart disease if you have diabetes: just remember your A – B – C – s!

By John Jurcisin

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