ABCs of Diabetes

Know, understand and talk the ABCs of Diabetes. Keeping your Diabetes Alphabet on track is the best way to prevent diabetes-related health problems. Talk with your physician about each letter at every visit and follow through on all lab visits and medical appointments on time, every time.

Letter What does it stand for? How often should you check? What is the ideal goal?
A A1c – reflects your average blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months Every 3 to 6 months or as recommended by your provider A1c less than 7% or 8%, depending on your medical history
B Blood Pressure – the force of blood inside your blood vessels At every medical visit BP less than 140/90mmHg
C Cholesterol – the amount of fat stored in your blood Annually or as recommended by your provider LDL less than 100 mg/dL, statin therapy may be recommended by your provider
D Diabetes Education – Our nationally recognized program to educates both newly and existing diagnosed patients.  Upon first diagnosis and as needed
E Eye Exam – a dilated exam to check for eye related complications  Annually
F Foot Exam – to check for proper nerve and circulation function   Visual food check at every visit, a full exam annually
G Goals – setting personal goals to help self-manage your diabetes   Talk with your provider and diabetes educator to develop a personal plan for achieving success

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