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You achieve the D5 when you meet all five goals:

1. Your blood pressure is less than 140/90 mmHG
2. Your bad cholesterol, LDL, is less than 100 mg/dl
3. Your blood sugar, A1c, is less than 8%
4. You are tobacco-free
5. You take an aspirin as appropriate


The D5 was created to make it easier for people with diabetes to work together and set and achieve goals to better manage the disease. When you achieve D5 success, you reduce your risk for complications such as heart attack, stroke and problems with your kidneys, eyes and nervous system. 

Diabetes (dye-uh-BEE-teez) occurs when there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood and not enough in the cells of your body. This can interfere with your body’s ability to convert food into energy needed for daily life.