By Mary Hiller Communications Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan OSCEOLA COUNTY -The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is recognizing\u00a0Men's Health Month this June and National Men's Health Week from June 15 through June 21 by educating men\u00a0about preventing and controlling diabetes, which is the leading cause of kidney failure. Approximately 15.5 million men have diabetes in the U.S., which is 13.6 percent of all men ages 20\u00a0and older. Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications from unmanaged diabetes,\u00a0especially since people with diabetes are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. In addition to causing\u00a0kidney failure, diabetes can also lead to blindness, lower leg amputations and erectile dysfunction. Although\u00a0diabetes is a serious, life-long condition, there is good news. Taking care of your diabetes and your health can\u00a0help you avoid long-term health problems and enjoy a long and healthy life. Men with diabetes can reduce their chances of having life-threatening complications by managing their A1C,\u00a0blood pressure, and cholesterol (ABCs of diabetes). "A" is for the A1C test. The A1C test shows you what your blood glucose has been over the last three\u00a0months. The A1C goal for many people is below seven. High blood glucose levels can harm your heart and\u00a0blood vessels, kidneys, feet and eyes. "B" for blood pressure. The goal for most people is 130\/80. High blood pressure makes your heart work\u00a0too hard. It can cause heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. "C" is for cholesterol. Bad cholesterol (LDL) builds up and clogs your arteries. The LDL goal for most\u00a0people with diabetes is below 100. Good cholesterol (HDL) helps remove cholesterol from your blood\u00a0vessels. The HDL goal for most people is above 40. For those with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes alike, it's also important to maintain healthy nutrition and\u00a0to include physical activity in your daily routine. By making these healthy lifestyle choices part of your life, you\u00a0can help to prevent type 2 diabetes, and also help to manage diabetes if you have already been diagnosed. It's\u00a0also important for men to quit smoking. Smoking increases your chance of having type 2 diabetes and makes\u00a0diabetes harder to control, making it even more deadly and disabling for individuals with diabetes. A nicotine\u00a0replacement product or other medications can help you stop smoking. It's essential for men with diabetes to take action to reach their ABC targets and for all men - especially those\u00a0with diabetes and those who are at risk - to follow to a healthy lifestyle in order to preserve their health and\u00a0quality of life. If you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and want to take action on your health,\u00a0considering joining the NKFM's My Choice ... My Health: Diabetes Prevention Program. For more information,\u00a0visit nkfm.org or call the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 800-482-1455.