Friday, October 12, 2007

Diabetes ABC’s

An important concept that has is used by organizations is to “Manage the ABCs of Diabetes.”

(A) is for A1C.
This test shows average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. An A1C test can help monitor how well the treatment plan is working. The ADA recommends that an A1C test be completed twice a year.

(B) is for Blood Pressure. The American College of Physicians has made the following important recommendations.
· Blood Pressure control must be a priority if the person has hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
· Blood pressure should be checked with each visit to the doctor and the goal should be a reading of no more than 135/80.
· Thiazide diurectics or ACE inhibiorts are types of medication that the doctor might prescribe to control blood pressure.

(C) is for Cholosterol.
Colesterol numbers tell the amount of fat in the blood. HDL cholesterol helps protect the heart. LDL cholesterol can clog arteries and lead to heart disease. Triglycerides are another kind of blood fat the can affect the risk of heart attack or stroke. The American Diabetes Association recommends that cholesterol be checked at least once a year.