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Quick Stats to Keep Diabetes in Check

February 19, 2011

From the Harvard Medical School

The ABC’s of diabetes control
Having diabetes increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. If you have diabetes, you should pay close attention to factors that can put you at greater risk for heart trouble. These are often referred to as the “ABC’s:”

  • hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) blood sugar test
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol.
“ABC” Goals
HbA1c Less than 7%
Blood pressure Less than 130/80 mm Hg
LDL (bad) cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL
HDL (good) cholesterol More than 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
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