Health Minute: Self-Care Is Key To Managing Diabetes

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NEW YORK, NY (Newsource) – It’s a disease that can strike at any age. Diabetes, which happens when a person’s blood sugar is too high, is a serious health threat.

“It can affect the eyes, the kidneys and the heart and it’s actually linked to certain types of cancer,” explains Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers with the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Managing the disease and preventing further complications isn’t easy. That’s why the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases says it takes team work between a patient and their doctors.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers says remember the ABCs:

  • A stands for A-one-C, a blood test that measures average blood sugar levels over the past three months.
  • B is for blood pressure, the CDC says most people with diabetes have high blood pressure.
  • C is for cholesterol, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise can help lower it, so can medicines like statins.
  • Finally, S for not smoking.


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