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Today we have a special guest blogger to introduce the important topic of Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Program Coordinator Karen Perkins. Diabetes is our most requested topic and we hope you join us on August 9th for our Diabetes Seminar at the St. David’s Round Rock Health and Wellness Center. Click here for more details and register today.

A is for A1C, a test that measures an individual’s average glucose over the past two to three months. By keeping this number at 7% or less, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of diabetic complications.

B is for Blood Pressure, and for most people with diabetes, blood pressure should be less than 130/80.

C is for Cholesterol. Cholesterol is a form of fat that can build up in your blood, putting you at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. It has three parts that can be measured: LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. Levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol, that are too high can led to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. HDL, or “good” cholesterol, helps remove cholesterol from your blood. High triglycerides (a form of fat that floats in the blood along with cholesterol) may increase your risks as well. It is important that all parts of your cholesterol are within healthy levels.

For most people with diabetes, cholesterol goals are:

  • LDL – less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL – greater than 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women
  • Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL

So now you know, the ABC’s of diabetes are A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol!

Karen Perkins
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center
Diabetes Program Coordinator

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