Healthy Moves: Know Your Diabetes ABCs
A – The A1c (HbA1c) blood test shows how well you have controlled your blood sugar over the past few months. Most people should aim for an A1c of 7 percent or less. Get this test at least twice a year.
B – The BMI (body mass index) measures your body fat based on your height and weight. An adult with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is at a healthy weight. A higher number means you are overweight.
C – A cholesterol blood test measures the “bad” fats (LDL cholesterol and triglycerides) and “good” fats (HDL cholesterol) in your blood. The “bad” fats can cause heart disease, and the “good” fats help prevent it.Your LDL should be less than 100mg/dL. Your triglycerides should be less than 150 mg/dL. Your HDL should be 40mg/dL or higher. Also, talk to your doctor about getting your eyes and feet checked annually.