The following should be performed every 3 months:

  • A physician office visit 
  • A1c blood test  - This blood test measures the average blood sugar over the past 3 – 4 months. The goal is below 7%. 
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure - The goal is below 130/80 
  • Foot check - This should also be done daily at home

The following should be performed once a year:

  • Lipid profile - This includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides
  • Microalbumin/creatinine urine test - More frequent tests are needed when the results are abnormal
  • Dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist
  • Flu shot
  • Dental exam - Preferably twice a year

General Information

  • Self monitoring of blood glucose on a regular basis helps to evaluate diabetes control.
  • Lowering of the A1c has been associated with a reduction in diabetes complications.
  • Working with a diabetes educator will help with diabetes self-management.
  • Keep your doctor visits even if your diabetes appears to be well controlled.
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