Tips: The ABCs of Diabetes

The ABCs of diabetes is a simple way to help you remember how to keep your diabetes well controlled.


An A1C test shows you what your average blood glucose has been over the last three months.

Talk to your doctor about what your target A1C should be.

B=Blood pressure

Target blood pressure for people with diabetes is less than 130/80 mmHg.


The target cholesterol levels for most people with diabetes:

  • LDL-C (“bad cholesterol”) of 2.0 mmol/L or less
  • Total cholesterol/HDL-C ratio of less than 4.0

Know your numbers for blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol


Healthy food choices and maintaining a healthy weight are important to helping you control your diabetes.

E=Eye care

Eye exams should be scheduled as follows:

  • Type 1 diabetes: at 5 years after first diagnosis, then once a year
  • Type 2 diabetes: at first diagnosis, then every 1–2 years if no eye disease is present

F=Foot care

People with diabetes should have their feet checked by a doctor or foot care specialist at least once per year. A good daily foot care regimen will help keep your feet healthy.

G=Glucose control

Good blood glucose control means keeping your blood glucose within a certain target range, usually between:

  • 4.0 to 7.0 mmol/L before a meal
  • 5.0 to 10.0 mmol/L after a meal

Important information

Ask your Walmart pharmacist about the ABCs of Diabetes Program. Set up a one-on-one consultation today!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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