The ABCs of diabetes management

To stay on top of your diabetes management, you should know your ABCs – your A1c level, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol profile.

Infant Symptoms

A – A1c, or hemoglobin A1c test.

  • ADA goal is less than 7%, while the AACE goal is 6.5% or less.

B – Blood pressure

  • < 130/80 mmHg for non-pregnant adults.

C – Cholesterol

  • HDL (good) cholesterol – >40 mg/dl (1.0 mmol/l) in men; >50 mg/dl (1.3 mmol/l) in women
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol – <100 mg/dl (<70 mg/dl in highest risk populations)
  • Triglycerides – <150 mg/dl

Talk with your diabetes care provider to determine your individual goals for A1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

SOURCES:

AACE Diabetes Care Guidelines, Endocrine Practice 2-11; 17 (Suppl 2)3.

American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus (2011).

National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP ATP III).

Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD. 01/12

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52 Views 0 comments 01/17/13
by Lindsey Guerin
I desperately need to set some goals to get my management back on track. For the first time in months, I have no idea what my 7 day average is, let alone my 30 or 90 day average. I'm certainly not checking as often as I should be and I just can't seem to take time for tracking anything...