To manage diabetes, you will work with your health care team to make a plan that helps you reach your goals. Together, you'll keep track of the ABCs of diabetes:
A is for A1C: Your A1C check tells you your average blood glucose for the past 2-3 months. It's the "blood check with a memory".
B is for blood pressure: Your blood pressure numbers tell you the force of blood inside your blood vessels. When your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder.
C is for cholesterol: Your cholesterol numbers tell you about the amount of fat in your blood. Some kinds, like HDL cholesterol, help protect your heart. Others like LDL cholesterol, can clog your blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Triglycerides are another kind of blood fat that raises your risk for heart attack or stroke.
A1C and eAG can provide an overall picture of how well you're managing your diabetes.
An important part of taking care of yourself is keeping your blood pressure under control.
Managing your cholesterol and other blood lipids (also called blood fats) can help you prevent other problems.
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