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Monitoring Your Risk

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  • Risks You Can Control

    Riska You Can Control

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    Many things can put you at risk for heart disease or a heart attack. Some factors, such as your age or a family history of heart disease, can't be changed. But there are other risks that you can control.More >>
  • Your Heart and Heart Disease

    Your Heart and Heart Disease

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    A healthy heart pumps blood to your whole body. And to be healthy, your heart needs its own blood supply. If you have heart disease, your heart may not receive enough blood. This is more likely to happen if your blood sugar is not controlled. More >>
  • What is diabetes?

    What is diabetes?

    Monday, September 29 2003 3:04 PM EDT2003-09-29 19:04:19 GMT
    Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. More >>

Working with your health care team:
To track your health you need to visit your health care team regularly. Your blood pressure and weight will be checked. And you have lab tests. Two standard blood tests measure blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Tests to check your kidneys may also be done. Try not to miss your visits. And be sure to discuss each of your tests results with your health care team.

Blood sugar lab tests: 
A hemoglobin A1c blood test measures your average blood sugar levels over a 2-to-3 month period. This shows how well your diabetes is being controlled. The test gives results over a longer term than daily blood sugar readings. It also helps predict risk for heart disease and other problems. You may have this test every 3-to-6 months.

Testing Total Cholesterol:
A blood test for total cholesterol measures LDL and HDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides (fat like substances in your blood). Your doctor may order this test about once a year. If your LDL levels or triglcerides are to high, your doctor may perscribe medication to help lower them. You'll also need to make changes in your diet.



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