VA campaign to help diabetic veterans manage care

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In an effort to ensure diabetic veterans have a better understanding of their personal health, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched the Understand Your Diabetes Numbers campaign to educate patients and their families on hemoglobin A1C, glucose monitoring, blood pressure and kidney tests, and other vital measurements essential to their well-being.

“One in 4 veterans enrolled in VA health care services has diabetes,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This public health campaign encourages veterans to be proactive with their health care teams by improving their understanding of diabetes test results.”

The yearlong campaign—which addresses treatment goals, medication and nutritional management, and patient safety—will include key topics such as understanding the importance of hemoglobin A1C test results, shared decision-making between veterans and their health care team, hypoglycemia safety, insulin differences, good nutrition, carbohydrate counting, and kidney function and blood pressure measurement.

For more information, talk to your primary care doctor or visit http://dav.la/1m0.