November is National Diabetes Month
In New Mexico, diabetes affects approximately 204,000 or 1 in 8 adults. Of those adults with diabetes, about 26 percent don’t know they have it. More than 29 million Americans—or about 9 percent of the US population – have diabetes. Additionally, 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar is higher than normal, but not as high as diabetes; and most don’t know they have it. In New Mexico, there are about 528,000 adults with diagnosed and undiagnosed prediabetes. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke and blindness.
November is National Diabetes Month. The New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) are encouraging people with diabetes to “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes.” This is a critical message because people with diabetes are nearly two times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than those without diabetes.
The good news is that people with diabetes can lower their chances of having diabetes-related heart problems by managing their Diabetes ABCs:
- A is for the A1C test, a blood test that measures average blood sugar (glucose) levels over the past three months.
- B is for Blood pressure.
- C is for Cholesterol.
- S is for stop smoking.
“Many people with diabetes do not understand that they are at an increased risk for having a heart attack or stroke,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Managing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and stopping smoking can help manage diabetes and decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke.”
If you have diabetes, ask your health care team what your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers are, and what they should be. Your ABC goals will depend on how long you have had diabetes and other health problems.
Please visit the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program section of our website to learn more about activities to prevent or delay diabetes.
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