ABC's of diabetes

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2012-03-16 07:52:57 -0500
Started 2011-01-02 13:50:20 -0600

How many people out there know there ABC's of diabetes. I was visiting with a friend in Palm Springs and went with him to "A Day of Life for Diabetics" sponsored by the Eisenhower hospital and Diabetes support group. I attended a seminar about the numbers that matter so much. When the presenter asked how many people knew their ABC's only 3 of us out of over 300. I couldn't believe people did not know these exceedingly important numbers. The A of course is your A1c, The B is blood pressure and the C is cholesterol. These are numbers we should all know.

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DeanaG 2012-03-16 07:52:57 -0500 Report

Every time I have lab work done I ask for a copy of the results and then put them in my 3-ring binder. That way I don't have to try and remember them! ;-)

Cathy63 2011-08-10 11:34:59 -0500 Report

Thank you for that information! I am just like most diabetics, the memory is not working very well, so I asked my doctor to give me a copy of my blood results, that way I can keep them with me to look back on.

Shah49 2011-08-10 03:44:02 -0500 Report

To be honest, I do get tests of the ABC but easily forget the readings if I have to recall them verbally. After reading this I am more concerned with ABC and I am going to take it seriously now onwards!

anderson74 2011-08-09 16:18:01 -0500 Report

wow u learn something new everyday.i have to admit i did not know that thank you for putting this out here for people like me that do not know the ABC'S of diabetes.

margokittycat 2011-08-08 19:09:33 -0500 Report

I was very surprised to hear how amny were in atandence at the meeting and how few knew the answer. My doctor tells all his patients this, I guess I thought all docotrs did.

vonweidhaas 2011-08-04 11:15:05 -0500 Report

I am a new PWD and when hospitalized w 543 sgr. the A1c test was done ( level 9 I think ) yet no one bothered to explain what that meant other then scare me with omg thats way too high as if I knew I was diabetic. I do test and know my BP however :) lost 30 pds thus far so I am hoping to get a better result, Thanks for the great post

margokittycat 2011-08-08 19:18:45 -0500 Report

A1C will tell you (better yet your docotors) how good of control you have had on your blood sugars over the past 3-6 months. They will do the A1C's regularly some doctors more frequently than others

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diabetes control 2011-08-03 19:42:26 -0500 Report

The general public are lucky to see a doctor once a year. Knowing numbers means nothing when they have never been sick. It's the population of warriors like many here that are concern, know how to deal with numbers and reacting to them is your lifeline vehicle to see tomorrow!

MewElla 2011-01-30 07:44:43 -0600 Report

I sure want to know what my blood tests results are and that A1C # is in my noggin everyday trying to do better for that next test. After all, this is my life and I want to do the best I can…

Margo54 2011-01-29 20:41:42 -0600 Report

Margo54 I always ask what my numbers are after each blood test, but have to write them down to remeber them.

CaliKo 2011-01-02 15:53:50 -0600 Report

Wow, these are all diabetics and they didn't know their numbers? Or maybe a mixed crowd. I can understand non-diabetics not knowing their A1c, but everyone should know their latest cholesterol and blood pressure.

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