To observe National Diabetes Month 2014, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are urging people to Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes.
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes does not know they have the disease. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
The good news is that people with diabetes can lower their chances of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing their Diabetes ABCs. These are:
- A is for the A1C test (A-one-C). This is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar (glucose) level over the past three months.
- B is for Blood pressure.
- C is for Cholesterol.
- S is for Stopping Smoking.
NDEP has many ready-to-use resources you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community—including a press release, article, web buttons, social media messages, and more—available at YourDiabetesInfo.org/