Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Know Your Diabetes ABC’s

Know Your Diabetes ABC’s

A for the A1C test. This test shows you what your blood glucose has been over the last three months. The A1C goal for many people is below 7%. High blood glucose levels can harm your heart and blood vessels, kidneys, feet and eyes.

B for Blood pressure. The goal for most people is 130/80 mm HG. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. It can cause heart attack, stroke or kidney disease.

C for Cholesterol. The LDL goal for most people is less than 100 mg/dl. The HDL goal for most people is above 40 mg/dl. LDL or bad cholesterol can build up or clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or a stroke. HDL or good cholesterol helps remove cholesterol from your blood vessels.

To learn more about the Diabetes ABC’s and diabetes information consider attending education at Wayne HealthCare. Diabetes education is provided as individual sessions or group classes. The next group class series will be held on November 7, 14, 21 and 29, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. To learn more about the educational opportunities available at Wayne HealthCare call 937-547-5750.

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