If you have diabetes, these key steps can help you get better control of your diabetes. Work towards your ABC goals in order to reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other diabetes problems.1,2
A stands for A1C
The A1C test reveals the average blood sugar level over the previous 3 months. The A1C goal for many people with diabetes is below 7 percent.2
B stands for blood pressure
High blood pressure makes the heart work harder than it normally does. The blood pressure goal for most people with diabetes is below 140/90 mmHg.2,3
C stands for cholesterol
You have two types of cholesterol in your blood, good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol helps protect your heart and bad cholesterol builds up in your blood vessels.2
S stands for stop smoking
Not smoking is very important as both smoking and diabetes narrow your blood vessels. This makes your heart work harder.2
Taking care of yourself when you have diabetes is very important; as it can help you avoid major problems throughout your body.
Diabetes puts you at risk of getting infections inside your mouth, such as a gum disease or a fungal infection that can cause painful white sores.
Diabetes can exert more pressure in the eye, cause clouding of your eye’s lens or harm the blood vessels in the retina.
Diabetes can affect nerves anywhere in the body, but it mostly affects arms, legs, hands, and feet.
If diabetes affects nerves in your feet, it gets numb that makes it less likely to notice an injury or infection.
Skin changes can happen because of infections, or it can become itchy, can feel thinner or thicker or can cause scaly or discoloured patches.
Diabetes can slow down digestion, and trigger symptoms like heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bloating, loss of appetite.
Stroke can happen when one of the blood vessels that supplies blood to your brain gets weak, injured or blocked.
The damage caused to your blood vessels because of diabetes means a lot of extra work for your heart, which increases the risk.
Your kidneys have lot of tiny blood vessels that help in excreting waste from your body; diabetes causes these filters to overwork.
*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.