Know Your ABCs

August 26, 2010 4:28 pm

To know how you’re doing with your diabetes control, the American Diabetes Association advises you to “know your ABCs” – your A1C (an indicator of blood glucose control), your blood pressure, and your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The following “ABC” targets have been set for healthy adults with diabetes:



A1C less than 7.0%, or lower if this can be achieved without significant hypoglycemia or other negative effects of treatment


Blood pressure lower than 130/80 mm Hg


Cholesterol and triglycerides

If you are not currently meeting these targets, ask your health-care team for help in getting closer.

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