ABCs of Diabetes
During the month of November, several Diabetes association’s partner together to build awareness and provide support for people who live with diabetes. The national Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners promote “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes” to help people with diabetes learn they are at greater risk for heart disease, and also how they can lower the risk by managing the ABCs: the A1C test, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Stop Smoking.
ABCs of Managing Your Diabetes
- A: A1C Test- the A1C test is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar over the past three months
- B: Blood Pressure- Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
- C: Cholesterol- There are two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL or “bad” cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. I can cause a heart attack or stroke.
- S: Stop Smoking- Simple enough!
As a complication of diabetes, heart disease is the world’s number one killer, killing 17.3 million people per year, we encourage you to improve your heart health and learn CPR. CPR paired with an automated external defibrillator (AED) can greatly increase someone’s chance of survival if experience cardiac arrest. Heart disease can hit anyone at anytime! Be prepared to help a loved one, co-worker, or friend if the time ever arises and they need CPR.
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