Diagnosis & Complications

Know and Control Your ABCS

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

Learn About Complications of Diabetes4

Taking care of yourself when you have diabetes is very important; as it can help you avoid major problems throughout your body.

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5 Ways Diabetes Management Also Helps Your Heart

– BY ANU S Some presume if you’re diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease is guaranteed to follow suit. But do you know that diabetes management can actually help prevent the onset of heart disease? If not, then, it’s time to learn more about how your diabetes care can positively affect your heart. The best way to … Continued

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Foot Care For Diabetes

The patients with diabetes usually have foot problems as it may damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet and hence it is important to take care of your feet. Here are some of the tips to take care of your foot.1 Do’s Wash your feet with mild soap and lukewarm water everyday2 … Continued

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Ways To Avoid Diabetes Complications

Diabetes can increase your risk for many serious health problems. Diabetes complications occur because one or more parts of your body get damaged due to the condition. But, the good news is that you can manage it with proper treatment and certain lifestyle changes. Many people with diabetes have prevented or delayed the onset of … Continued

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Maintain Normal Blood Glucose Level

– BY VIDYA SURY My type 2 diagnosis was in 2014 and my first reaction was, “how could this happen?” I was fairly active and had reasonably healthy food habits. However, some Q&A with the doctor revealed that family history of this condition, among other things, had its role to play in my case. Almost overnight, … Continued

*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.

References

  1.  National Institute of Health. Control the ABCs of Diabetes. Available from: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/healthdisp/pdf/tipsheets/Control-the-ABCs-of-Diabetes.pdf. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
  2.  National Institute of Health. Managing diabetes. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/managing-diabetes. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
  3.  American Diabetes Association. Healthy ABCs. Available from: https://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/heart-disease/healthy-abcs.html. Last edited: 25/2/2015. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
  4.  WebMD. What Are the Complications of Diabetes? Available from: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/ss/slideshow-diabetes-complications. Last reviewed: 15/5/2017. As accessed on: 20/6/2018. 
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