Know Your Diabetes ABCs
By managing the ABCs of diabetes, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
A is for A1C
Checking your blood sugar throughout the day provides an important— but limited—snapshot of your blood sugar control at any given time. The A1C test measures average blood sugar for the past 2- to 3-month period and is the only accurate measure of how well your treatment plan is working. Have an A1C test at least twice a year.
B is for blood pressure.
Blood pressure control is an even higher priority if you have type 2 diabetes. Have your blood pressure checked each time you visit your doctor, and your goal should be a reading of no more than 130/80.
C is for cholesterol.
Your cholesterol numbers tell the amount of fat in your blood. HDL cholesterol helps protect the heart (your goal should be a measure above 40). LDL cholesterol can clog arteries and lead to heart disease (goal should be below 100). Triglycerides are another kind of blood fat that can affect the risk of heart attack or stroke (goal should be below 150). Get your cholesterol checked at least once a year (Your total cholesterol should be below 200).
If you have diabetes – or are at risk of developing it – sign up now for Sarasota Memorial’s Diabetes Management class. Sarasota Memorial offers weekly classes, as well as a free monthly education and support group. For more information, view our diabetes management class video on Sarasota Memorial’s education channel on YouTube, or call (941) 917-7468 for information.