Dads must be careful to control diabetes

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Attention, men
Have a happy Father’s Day.
Control your diabetes, for life ... and for your family.
Almost 11 million men age 20 or older currently have diabetes in the United States. That’s more than 10 percent of the total male U.S. population. Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications from diabetes, especially since people with diabetes are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. Diabetes can also lead to blindness, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction. But there is good news. Although diabetes is a serious disease, taking care of yourself and your diabetes can help you avoid long-term problems and live a long and healthy life.
Men with diabetes can lower their chances of having a heart attack, stroke or other diabetes complications by managing the ABCs of diabetes — A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
A is for the A1C test. It measures your average blood glucose level over the past three months. The goal for most people with diabetes is below 7.
B is for blood pressure. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. The goal for most people with diabetes is below 130/80.
C is for cholesterol. Bad cholesterol, or LDL, builds up and clogs your arteries. The LDL goal for most people with diabetes is below 100.
It’s essential for men with diabetes to take action to reach their ABC targets. Ask your health care provider about your ABC and blood glucose targets, how and when to test your blood glucose, and how to use the results to manage your diabetes. Take your medications even when you feel good. And if you smoke, get help to quit. Stay at a healthy weight by moving more — try to get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
Ask for the support of your family and loved ones, and make managing your diabetes a family affair.
Please contact the Owen County Health Department at (502) 484-5736 for more information or to make an appointment with our Certified Diabetic Health Educator.