What are the ABCs of type 2 diabetes? A is for A1C, B is for blood pressure, and C is for cholesterol. These are sometimes referred to as your numbers. It's a good idea to understand why it is important to manage the ABCs of diabetes when you have type 2 diabetes. So let’s get going.
Type 2 Diabetes: Managing the ABCs
A is for A1C
A1C is a test that measures the average amount of sugar in your blood over the past 2 to 3 months.
The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C goal below 7% for many adults with type 2 diabetes.
Based on how well your blood sugar levels are controlled, you should have an A1C test every 3 to 6 months.
B is for Blood pressure
What is a good blood pressure goal?
The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood pressure goal of less than 140/90 mmHg for adults with type 2 diabetes.
C is for Cholesterol
There are 2 types of cholesterol in your blood:
LDL | LDL is “bad” cholesterol because it can clog your blood vessels. This can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
HDL | HDL is often called “good” cholesterol because it can carry “bad” cholesterol away from your arteries.