ABC: Achieving Better Blood
Sugar Control
Group Meeting
We will…..
•Encourage everyone to
participate
•Answer all question...
To begin…….
• What question(s) do you need to have
answered with regard to your condition?
• Question to ask yourself
– Wh...
The “Truth about Diabetes” quiz
True or False?
You can tell how well you are doing with your
diabetes by:
1. How well you ...
ABCs of diabetes
A1c and blood sugar
Blood pressure
Cholesterol
ABCs not controlled can lead too….
• Blindness
• Amputation
• Kidney Failure
• Nerve Damage
• Heart attack
• Stroke
Healthy Lifestyle is the first step!
• Don’t smoke unless it is
for spiritual reasons.
• Eat healthy foods
• Get regular e...
A1C Test
• An important test for people with diabetes.
• Gives a measure of one’s average blood
sugar for the prior 2-3 mo...
A = A1C and blood sugar
If A1C is: Average blood sugar has been:
5% 5.0
6% 6.0
7% 7.0
8% 8.0
9% 9.0
10% 10.0
11% 11.0
12% ...
Medicine for blood sugar control
• An important tool for you
• Not a sign of failure
• Different types of pills
work in di...
B = Blood Pressure
“Medicine for blood pressure”
• Lisinopril (or Cozaar)
• Plus other BP meds for
many
• Target blood pre...
C = Cholesterol
“Medicine for cholesterol”
• Statins – help lower LDL
cholesterol
– Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
– Simvastatin (...
BMI?
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of
body fat based on height and weight that
applies to adult men and women.
Aspirin
Benefit:
Lowers risk for heart attack
Dose (for most):
81mg
Note: if you have a history of bleeding (ulcers, bruis...
Importance of insulin
• A hormone made by the
pancreas that is necessary
for life
• Helps move sugar from the
blood to the...
http://www.youtube.com/v/V1LjRi8Nvv4
Questions????
Safety note:
Sharps disposal
• Don’t ever put lancets or
needles in regular trash
• Put used ‘sharps’ in a tough
plastic c...
The End…….or…the beginning?
The mind boggling “Heart Nebula”
ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control
ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control
ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control
ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control
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ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control

  1. 1. ABC: Achieving Better Blood Sugar Control Group Meeting We will….. •Encourage everyone to participate •Answer all questions •Share experiences •Set goals •Get all your regular diabetic monitoring done and fill your prescriptions •Teach you the ABCs of Diabetes
  2. 2. To begin……. • What question(s) do you need to have answered with regard to your condition? • Question to ask yourself – What do you need to know to control your diabetes.
  3. 3. The “Truth about Diabetes” quiz True or False? You can tell how well you are doing with your diabetes by: 1. How well you eat? 2. How much medicine you take? 3. How you feel?
  4. 4. ABCs of diabetes A1c and blood sugar Blood pressure Cholesterol
  5. 5. ABCs not controlled can lead too…. • Blindness • Amputation • Kidney Failure • Nerve Damage • Heart attack • Stroke
  6. 6. Healthy Lifestyle is the first step! • Don’t smoke unless it is for spiritual reasons. • Eat healthy foods • Get regular exercise • Manage your stress and spirituality
  7. 7. A1C Test • An important test for people with diabetes. • Gives a measure of one’s average blood sugar for the prior 2-3 months. 7% or less  Excellent control More than 7%  Needs improvement
  8. 8. A = A1C and blood sugar If A1C is: Average blood sugar has been: 5% 5.0 6% 6.0 7% 7.0 8% 8.0 9% 9.0 10% 10.0 11% 11.0 12% 12.0
  9. 9. Medicine for blood sugar control • An important tool for you • Not a sign of failure • Different types of pills work in different ways • Includes insulin for many
  10. 10. B = Blood Pressure “Medicine for blood pressure” • Lisinopril (or Cozaar) • Plus other BP meds for many • Target blood pressure: Less than 130/80 • Diet (low salt) & exercise • Weight Loss (if BMI>25)
  11. 11. C = Cholesterol “Medicine for cholesterol” • Statins – help lower LDL cholesterol – Rosuvastatin (Crestor) – Simvastatin (Zocor) – Lovastatin • Target LDL: Less than 2.0 • Diet, Exercise & Weight Loss (if BMI > 25)
  12. 12. BMI? Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
  13. 13. Aspirin Benefit: Lowers risk for heart attack Dose (for most): 81mg Note: if you have a history of bleeding (ulcers, bruising, diverticular bleeding), let your health professional know.
  14. 14. Importance of insulin • A hormone made by the pancreas that is necessary for life • Helps move sugar from the blood to the body cells • Without enough insulin, sugar will build in blood and cause harm to body tissues and deprive cells of glucose which is needed for energy and metabolism.
  15. 15. http://www.youtube.com/v/V1LjRi8Nvv4
  16. 16. Questions????
  17. 17. Safety note: Sharps disposal • Don’t ever put lancets or needles in regular trash • Put used ‘sharps’ in a tough plastic container or a ‘sharps’ container (available at some pharmacies) • Take the containers to an approved collection site (many pharmacies accept ‘sharps’ and landfill dumps will accept them)
  18. 18. The End…….or…the beginning? The mind boggling “Heart Nebula”

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