Know your diabetes ABCs

They can help save your life.

Andrea Markowitz, Ph.D.

HealthKey.com contributor

November 2, 2009


If you have diabetes, remembering to monitor your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels is as easy as ABC.

What They Are While being diabetic increases your possibility of having a heart attack, stroke and other diabetes-related problems, monitoring your A1C (blood glucose), blood pressure and cholesterol levels helps you reduce these risks. Here's what you need to know about your diabetes ABCs.

What You Should Do If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, ask your physician what your numbers are and what they should be, and follow a diabetes-healthy lifestyle that combines diet and exercise as designated by your health care team. And monitor your ABCs!

For more information visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Diabetes Education Program.