According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes (PDF). Since November is National Diabetes Month, it is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management.
A is for: A1C test - a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.
B is for: Blood pressure - the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
C is for: cholesterol - there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels.
It is important to monitor each of these at your regular visit with your doctor. Should you develop diabetes, it can betreated with medication, but you need to be aware of potential risks or side-effects. If you or a family member is diabetic, here are some tasty recipes to try that are also healthy.