Everyone knows their ABCs, but it’s important to know the ABCs of diabetes, too. Monitoring these three factors can help lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes complications. For more information on the topic, be sure to check out our Facebook Live video on the ABCs of Diabetes.

A: A1C

The A1C blood test gives you and your doctor a way to measure your average glucose control over the last two to three months. This test helps create an efficient and effective plan to keep your blood glucose under control. This article details getting once weekly shots, which can do a lot of helpful things for you, such as lowering your A1C level! Stay on top of your diabetes management by getting your A1C tested at least two times a year. Check out this video for more information on A1C levels!

B: Blood Pressure

Keeping your blood pressure at a manageable level is an important component of taking care of your diabetes. Talk to your doctor to get a healthy range for your blood pressure and learn how to keep it under control. Check your blood pressure at every routine and non-routine doctor’s visit. Check out this website to learn more about diabetes and blood pressure!

Blood Pressure

C: Cholesterol

Lipid or cholesterol management is very important when managing your diabetes. You can reduce macrovascular problems and prevent diabetes complications by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (the “lousy” cholesterol) and raising HDL cholesterol (the “happy” cholesterol). Get a cholesterol test at least once a year to make sure you’re on track and staying healthy. Head on over to Iowa Diabetes Portal and use the myNumbers tool to keep track of these important numbers. Your diabetes will thank you!

Summary Remembering your diabetes ABCs is a simple tool in ensuring you take control of your diabetes. Monitor your ABCs to ensure success!

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