The ABCs of Diabetes Control
Excerpted from a Harvard Special Report
Because diabetes raises your risk of heart disease by four to five times compared with people without the disease, you should pay close attention to factors that can put you at greater risk for heart trouble. These are often referred to as the " ABCs":
Hemoglobin A1c blood sugar test
The treatment goals for people with diabetes are more stringent than those for people without diabetes. The good news is that lifestyle changes — and weight loss in particular — to improve your blood sugar usually will have a beneficial effect on the other values as well.
| Optimal ABC markers for most people with diabetes
|| Less than 7%
| Blood pressure
|| Less than 130/80 mm Hg
| LDL (bad) cholesterol
|| Less than 100 mg/dL
| HDL (good) cholesterol
|| More than 40 mg/dL in men or 50 mg/dL in women
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