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Men can manage their diabetes

Recognize National Men’s Health Week by learning how

Lansing, Mich. – (May 20, 2010) – Almost 11 million American men age 20 and older have diabetes. That’s more than 10 percent of the total U.S. male population. Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications, especially since people with the disease are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. Diabetes can also lead to blindness, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction.

But there is good news. Although it is a serious disease, taking good care of yourself and your diabetes can help you avoid long-term problems and live a long and healthy life. The Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition (DPAC) is encouraging Michigan men to recognize National Men’s Health Week June 14-20, by learning the ABC’s of diabetes management.

According to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), men with diabetes can lower their chances of having a heart attack, stroke, and other complications by managing the ABCs of diabetes—A1C, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol.

An A1C test measures your average blood glucose level over the past three months.  The goal for most people with diabetes is below 7.
High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard.  The goal for most people with diabetes is below 130/80.
Bad cholesterol, or LDL, builds up and clogs your arteries.  The LDL goal for most people with diabetes is below 100.
For more information and resources on preventing and managing your diabetes, visit the DPAC website at www.dpacmi.org.

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