ABCDEs of Diabetes

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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