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I have type 2 diabetes. What are my own numbers that I should be aware of?

Know your ABCs. Focus on the numbers that can affect your health. To reduce diabetes complications, such as heart attacks and strokes, the American Diabetes Association recommends the following:

  • A1C: A three-month blood glucose average test that can monitor development and progression of eye, kidney and nerve damage. Target: less than 7 percent.
  • Blood pressure: Hypertension (high blood pressure) is associated with heart attacks and strokes. Target: less than 130/80
  • Cholesterol: Imbalanced cholesterol, often caused by diet, is associated with heart disease and heart attacks. Targets: less than 100 mg/dL for LDL for men and women; for HDL, more than 40 mg/dL for men and more than 50 mg/dL for women.

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