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ABC’s of Diabetes

 

The ABC's of diabetes are: A1C levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. When managing your diabetes, it is vital that you know how to manage the ABC's of diabetes, which is described below.

  • ABC's of Diabetes

    This resource includes the ABC's of diabetes (A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol.)
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  • What is my eAG?

    This resource explains what estimated average glucose (blood sugar) and what levels are normal / abnormal. It is available in English and Spanish.
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  • Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

    This resource discusses the warning signs of having a low blood sugar and what to do when it is too low. It is available in English and Spanish.
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  • High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

    This resource discusses the warning signs that you have blood sugar and what to do when it is too high. It is available in English and Spanish.
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  • Levels of Blood Sugar and Target Numbers in the Blood

    This resource provides sugar levels in the blood of people with pre-diabetes as well as those who are diagnosed with diabetes. Also provides different levels of target.
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  • All About Blood Glucose

    This resource provides a detailed explanation of what your blood glucose is, how to go down as well as using a monitor blood glucose, etc. It is available in English and Spanish.
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A1C Monitoring

A1C test measures the amount of sugar which binds to red blood cells. Blood sugar leads to high levels of A1C, which is a concern for people with diabetes. Therefore it is important to know how to control their A1C levels, how to prove to himself, and how to keep it under control.

  • What is your number? The little known A1C test tells you a lot about how to stay healthy

    This resource provides a detailed explanation of A1C levels and how to control it. It is available
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  • If You Have Diabetes, Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers

    This resource provides detailed information on A1C levels, which levels are healthy, how to control your blood glucose level in the blood, and how to test it.
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Hypertension

High blood pressure is often associated with diabetes and can lead to heart failure and other adverse health complications. It is important to understand what it means to have high blood pressure means, how to prevent and how to control it.

  • Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

    This resource explains what high blood pressure, what are normal levels, and how diabetes can affect blood pressure. Available in English and Spanish.
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  • High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

    This resource offers advice on how to prevent high blood pressure. Available in English and Spanish.
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  • Treatment of Hypertension in People with Diabetes

    This resource focuses on ways to treat and lower high blood pressure. Available in English and Spanish.
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Cholesterol

Treatment of Hypertension in People with DiabetesHigh cholesterol levels are often associated with diabetes, and it is important to know how to improve your cholesterol levels and drugs that can be used to control it.

  • Tips for Controlling Cholesterol and Diabetes

    This resource gives tips on how to control your cholesterol levels. Available in English and Spanish.
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  • All About Cholesterol

    This resource offers advice on how to improve cholesterol levels and drugs used to control cholesterol levels. Available in English and Spanish.
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Medication

People with diabetes often have to take many different medications to control their diabetes. Because of this, patients often do not know how the drugs they are taking are helping. For patients who take insulin, it is also important to know how to prepare and inject it. Please refer to the following resources to learn more about your diabetes medicine.

  • Pills for Diabetes: How and Where They Work

    This document lists some of the most commonly used diabetes medications and how they work in the body. It is available in English and Spanish.
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  • What Is Insulin?

    This document goes over what insulin is and how it works in the body. It is available in both English and Spanish.
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  • Drawing and Injecting Insulin

    This resource shows readers the proper way to draw and inject insulin. It is available in both English and Spanish.
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  • How to Prepare Single Dose Insulin

    This resource tells readers how to prepare single dose insulin shots. It is available in both English and Spanish.
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  • How To Prepare Mixed Dose Insulin

    This resource tells readers how to prepare mixed dose insulin shots. It is available in both English and Spanish.
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  • Managing Your Medicines

    This resource gives advice on how to best manage diabetes medication. There is also a printout for readers who want to track their medicines. It is available in both English and Spanish.
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