ABCDESSS of Staying Healthy with Diabetes

Do you have Diabetes?

Ask your health-care team about your:


A1C – target is usually 7% or less


BP – aim for less than 130/80 mmHg


Cholesterol – LDL cholesterol should be less than 2.0 mmol/L


Drugs to decrease heart disease risk: Blood pressure pills (ACE inhibitors or ARBs), cholesterol-lowering pills (statins), medications that lower blood sugar with proven heart benefit, or ASA (Aspirin)


Exercise and healthy Eating – regular physical activity and following a healthy dietary pattern


Self-management support – setting goals, and identifying barriers that may prevent you from reaching your goals


Screening or monitoring for complications – heart, feet, kidneys, eyes


Stop Smoking

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