Healthy Moments Episode

The ABC's of Managing Type 2 Diabetes

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Oct 22, 2012 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers notes that people with type 2 diabetes need to manage the disease each day, and explains why they should know diabetes ABC's.


You probably know someone like Doug. He plays basketball with the guys every Saturday, is an avid bike rider, and a chef. What you may not know is he has diabetes.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

Doug takes steps every day to manage his diabetes, so it doesn't slow him down. If you have diabetes, take steps to manage it so you can prevent serious problems like heart attacks and strokes.

The key is to manage your diabetes ABC's. A is for A1C, the test that measures your average blood glucose, B is for blood pressure. And C is for cholesterol. Ask your health care team what your goals should be, and how to make a plan to reach your ABC goals. Next week, I'll be back with tips for how you can make a plan to manage your diabetes.

Follow us on Twitter @healthymoments for diabetes management links.

This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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