How do you provide care to the diabetic patient in the outpatient setting? The Canadian Diabetes Association suggests the “ABCDEs”:
A = A1C i.e. provide optimal control of blood glucose levels by aiming for HbA1C < 7.0%
B = BP i.e. provide optimal control of blood pressure by aiming for pressure of <130/80 (as opposed to 140/90 in non-diabetics)
C = Cholesterol i.e. maintain the LDL less than 2.0 mmol/L
D = Drugs i.e. provide medications for cardioprotection (ACEI and ARBs)
E = Exercise/Eating i.e. encourage healthy eating and physical activity in all patients for maintenance of a healthy body weight
S = Smoking i.e. encourage smoking cessation
Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association website:
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