Health Department Notes - Taking care of your diabetes
There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to manage your diabetes ABCs.
• A is the A1C test: The A1C test is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months.
• B is Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
• C is Cholesterol: 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.
• S is for Stop Smoking: Stop smoking, ask for help or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Avoid problems by seeing your health care team at least twice a year to:
• Get your ABC tests, other exams and yearly flu shot.
• Have your blood pressure, weight and feet checked.
• Review your record of blood glucose self-tests, your ABC numbers, and your action plan.
The Woodford County Health Department has teamed up with Baptist Health to provide a diabetes program on Wednesday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at the Woodford County Health Department, 229 North Main St., Versailles. The program is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call Geri at 873-4541.