To reduce your risk for the cardiovascular complications of diabetes it is important to know the ABCs of diabetes.
- “A” stands for Hemoglobin A1c. A hemoglobin A1c test will give you an average of what your blood glucose levels (both fasting and post-prandial) have been over the past three months. Know your hemoglobin A1c and maintain a HbA1c level of 6.5 percent or lower.
- “B” stands for Blood Pressure. Know your blood pressure, and work to maintain your goal blood pressure reading within a normal range
- “C” stands for Blood Cholesterol. Know your blood cholesterol and lipid levels and maintain these values within your target range.