People with diabetes can lead healthy and productive lives with appropriate medical care and regular self-management of blood sugar levels.Consistent blood glucose monitoring and management as well as adopting healthy behaviors and routine medical care are critical for people with diabetes.
Blood sugar management and healthy lifestyles help people with diabetes prevent or delay some of the serious problems diabetes can cause. Keeping Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol within the desired range will help lower the chances of heart attack, stroke and other complications of diabetes. People who don’t smoke or use tobacco, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly improve their odds of a healthy life for years to come.
Provide diabetes prevention and management activities to encourage your at risk employees to:
- Seek help and adhere to their medical management plan including health care professional visits, tests, and medications
- Manage their blood pressure and blood glucose
- Eat healthfully and in moderation
- Participate in regular physical activity
- Stop using tobacco products
Managing diabetes is not always easy, but it is important. With guidance from their health care providers, and information and support where they work, people with diabetes can take simple steps inside and outside the workplace to manage their disease and delay or prevent complications.
Know the ABCs (A1c, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol) of Diabetes
- A= A1c: in general, every percentage point drop in A1c blood glucose reduces the risk of microvascular complications (eye, kidney, and nerve diseases) by 40%.
- B= Blood Pressure Control: reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease or stroke) by 33-50% and the risk of microvascular complications by about 33%.
- C= Control of Blood Lipids: improved control of cholesterol or blood lipids (HDL Cholesterol, LDL, Cholesterol, and triglycerides) can reduce cardiovascular complications by 20-50%.
Learn more about diabetes management from the National Diabetes Education Program. Employees who are new to diabetes may benefit from the Living with Type 2 Diabetes program from the American Diabetes Association.
- Page last reviewed: December 29, 2016
- Page last updated: December 29, 2016
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