Check out How is your Medical Team managing your Diabetes

To make sure you are keeping up with all aspects of your health related to diabetes, print out this checklist so that you can review it at your medical appointments.

Diabetes experts recommend that you visit your doctor at least every three months if you are not meeting your goals for diabetes treatment, or every six months if you are meeting all goals.

Symptoms That Could Suggest Complications:

c Have you had chest pain, chest pressure, or shortness of breath?
c Have you had leg pain with walking, or foot pain with elevation of your legs (at night)?
c Have you had blurred vision?
c Have you had any temporary or lasting blackout of your vision, weakness on one side of your face or body or speech difficulty?
c Have you had any symptoms of low blood sugar: episodes of sweating, trembling, nausea, nervousness or confusion?

Lifestyle And Habits:

c Do you have a safe and effective diet and exercise plan?
c Do you need help to stop smoking?
c If you are a woman, do you need advice about birth control or diabetes management in pregnancy?


c Do your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels meet your goals? If not, you may need to discuss adjusting your medicines.
c Do you have refills on all your medicines?
c Do you have refills for your glucose-meter test strips?
c If you have high blood pressure or early kidney disease, are you taking an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker?
c Are you taking aspirin?

Doctor's Examination:

c Weight every visit
c Blood-pressure check every visit (goal: less than 130/80)
c Foot examination by your doctor or a podiatrist yearly
c Eye examination by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) or optometrist yearly
c Full physical examination yearly

Laboratory Tests:

c Blood test for hemoglobin A1C every six months (goal: less than 7 percent)
c Blood test for fasting cholesterol once every two years, or at least once a year if it has been outside of the goal range for diabetics (Goals: LDL less than 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl), HDL greater than 40 mg/dl in men or greater than 50 mg/dl in women, Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl)
c Blood tests (if needed) to monitor safety of continuing diabetes medicines
c Urine test for early signs of kidney disease (microalbumin) once a year

c Influenza vaccine (flu shot) yearly in September-October,
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