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November is National Diabetes Month

If you or a loved one are among the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, take time this month to join forces and prioritize preventive care. Living well with diabetes includes long-term management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

Managing your diabetes may not be easy, but it is worth it!

The day-to-day activities needed to manage diabetes can be hard. But if you keep your blood glucose as close to normal as is safe for you – what is called your target range – you can reduce your chance of serious health problems. It is worth the effort.

  • Ask your health care team for a referral for diabetes education.
  • See your health care team for regular diabetes check-ups.

Know Your Diabetes ABCs

A is for the A1C Test A for the A1C test.
The A1C Test shows you what your blood glucose has been over the last three months. The A1C goal for many people is below 7%. High blood glucose levels can harm your heart and blood vessels, kidneys, feet, and eyes.
B is for Blood Pressure B for Blood pressure.
The new goal for most people is less than 140/80. High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard. It may cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.
C is for Cholesterol C is for Cholesterol.
The LDL goal for most people is less than 100. The HDL goal for most people is above 40. LDL or "bad" cholesterol can build up and clog your blood vessels. It can cause a heart attack or a stroke. HDL or “good” cholesterol helps remove cholesterol from your blood vessels.

Information provided by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the NIH and CDC.

New Hampshire Programs for People with Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs
Diabetes self-management education/training (DSME/T) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol is the process of teaching people to manage their diabetes. DSME is often led by a Certified Diabetes Educator Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Better Choices, Better Health
Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - This program is open to adults living with one or more chronic health conditions as well as their caregivers. To find a program in New Hampshire, visit:

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