July 11, 2014•11 min
If you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does. An estimated 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and can lead to other complications, such as vision loss, kidney failure, and amputations of legs or feet. Effective glucose control, as measured by A1c levels, and blood pressure control can prevent or delay these complications. Summit Medical Group’s Certified Diabetes Educator, Margaret Eckler, gives advice for the prevention and management of diabetes.