Managing diabetes takes work, but experts argue it should be as easy as A,B,C.Â Â
"A, B, C stands for get your A, 1, C which is your average glucose over the the last 6 weeks to goal, meaning under 7," said Dr. Bruce Bode of the Atlanta Diabetes Associates. "You should get your blood pressure, systolic upper number less than 130 and you should get your cholesterol, specifically bad LDL less than 100."
Dr. Bode argues reaching those three goals can help type 1 and type 2 diabetics reduce complications by 85%. Â
"The complications are the same; high glucose causes the same eye disease, same nerve damage, the same kidney damage and the same hardening of the arteries, increased risk of stroke and heart attack," said Dr. Bode.Â Â
He worries that some patients may not take the condition or treatment seriously.Â "Unfortunately, diabetes is a chronic disease, it doesn't go away," he said. Â
Dr. Bode says managing diabetes is a lifelong process.Â Getting control of glucose and visiting a doctor regularly can go a long way in keeping patients healthy. Â
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