Frequently Asked Questions

21. How should I work with my health care team to manage my diabetes?

See your health care team at least twice a year to find and treat any problems early. Ask what steps you can take to reach your goals.

If you have diabetes, take these steps.

At each visit, be sure you have a

  • blood pressure check
  • foot check
  • weight check
  • review of your self-care plan.

Two times each year, get

  • an A1C test. It may be checked more often if it is over 7.

Once each year, be sure you have a

  • cholesterol test
  • triglyceride (try-GLISS-er-ide) test - a type of blood fat
  • complete foot exam
  • dental exam to check teeth and gums. Tell your dentist you have diabetes.
  • dilated eye exam to check for eye problems
  • flu shot
  • urine and a blood test to check for kidney problems.

At least once, get a

  • pneumonia (nu-MOH-nya) shot.

If you have Medicare, ask your health care team if Medicare will cover some of the costs for

  • learning about healthy eating and diabetes self-care
  • special shoes, if you need them
  • medical supplies
  • diabetes medicines.

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