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Health Secretary Encourages Pennsylvanians to Learn the 'ABCs' of Controlling Diabetes
Date:3/22/2010

March 23 is American Diabetes Alert Day

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Health Everette James reminds diabetic Pennsylvanians to reduce the risk of complications from the disease and improve their quality of life by knowing and following the "ABCs" of diabetes.

The "A" in ABC represents A1C blood sugar, "B" is for blood pressure and "C" is cholesterol numbers.

"Ask your health care provider what your A1C blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are and what they should be," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "Talk to your doctor about the steps you can take to achieve or maintain healthy levels. Controlling your 'ABCs' can help reduce your chances of serious health problems such as blindness, kidney failure and amputations."

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce or stops producing insulin, resulting in Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs if the body is not producing enoug
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