November is American Diabetes Month and the Lincoln County Health Department would like for people to think about a few diabetes facts. Sixty percent of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure; two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke, and 68 percent of people with diabetes do not consider cardiovascular disease to be a serious complication of diabetes.
When managing diabetes, it is important to remember the connection that it has with heart disease and stroke. The American Diabetes Association is trying to increase awareness of this connection. The Kentucky Cabinet For Health and Family Services states that one way for people with diabetes to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke is to manage the ABC's of diabetes:
A: Lower A1C, which shows average glucose (blood sugar) levels over three months, to less than 7.
B: Keep blood pressure below 130/80.