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Be Smart About Your Heart - Control the ABCs of Diabetes

This November, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are proud to support National Diabetes Month 2014. Throughout National Diabetes Month, the NDEP and its partners will promote “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes” to help people with diabetes learn they are at greater risk for heart disease, and also how they can lower that risk by managing the diabetes ABCs: the A1C test, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Stop Smoking.

Manage Your Diabetes ABCs
A1C Test
The A1C test is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months.
Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
There are two kinds of cholesterol in your blood: LDL and HDL. LDL or "bad" cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Stop Smoking
Stop smoking — ask for help or call 1-800-QUITNOW

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Learn about additional ways you can live longer, improve your health, and lower your risk of heart disease or stroke by managing your diabetes.

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