In addition to monitoring your blood glucose levels, the most important aspect of your health is to know your "ABCs."
If you have diabetes, you are at high risk for heart attack and stroke.
Heart disease is more likely to strike you - and at an earlier age - than someone without diabetes. But you can fight back. Be smart about your heart. Take control of the ABCs of diabetes and live a long and healthy life.
The A1C (A-one-C) test - short for hemoglobin A1C - measures your average blood glucose (sugar) over the last 3 months. Suggested target: below 7
B is for blood pressure
High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. Suggested target: below 130/80
Bad cholesterol, or LDL, builds up and clogs your blood vessels. Suggested LDL target: below 100
Ask your health care provider these questions: