ABCs of Managing Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should:

  • Know your ABCs
    • A – A1c Test: Two or more (Ideal—less than 7)
    • B – Blood Pressure: Healthy blood pressure is below 130/80
    • C – Cholesterol (Ideal-LDL less than 100, HDL greater than 40)
    • S – Stop smoking, if you are a smoker
  • See a health care provider for the flu vaccine and other scheduled vaccinations
  • Have a comprehensive foot exam
  • Have your kidneys checked

You should also:

  • Check & record blood glucose as recommended
  • Take your medication as prescribed
  • Be physically active
  • Eat healthy
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Routinely check your feet

If you are not able to afford your medication, check with your provider about programs that may be of assistance.