If you have diabetes, you are at higher-than-normal risk for heart attack and stroke. But you can fight back. You can control the ABCs of diabetes and live a longer and healthier life. Ask your healthcare provider what your A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol numbers are and what they should be. Every person with diabetes should know their ABC goals. For example, most diabetic people have a systolic blood pressure goal of <140 mmHg.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your ABC goals and about steps you can take to reach these goals. Examples of these steps are eating right, exercising, and taking your medications as prescribed. You have the power to help prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as other diabetes complications.

— Source: National Diabetes Education Program


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