5. Do you have diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association recommends that every person who has diabetes sees their physician at least two times a year for a diabetes focused visit.

If you are a person with type 1 diabetes, see your practitionerevery three months.

If you are a person with type 2 diabetes, you may need to see your practitioner every three months to six months depending on how well your diabetes is controlled.

At each visit, your practitioner will:

  • review your diabetes management plan
  • review physical activity
  • measure height, weight and BMI
  • review blood sugar control (including log of daily levels and hemoglobin A1C values) and goals
  • inspect your feet
  • review smoking cessation if applicable.

Every six months be sure to:

  • See your dentist

Every year you should have:

  • Blood test for hemoglobin A1C and lipid panel
  • Urine test for kidney function
  • Dilated eye exam
  • Foot inspection with filament exam for loss of sensation
  • Immunization for influenza
  • Ask your doctor if you need to see a dietician or diabetes educator

Other considerations:

  • Immunization for pneumonia
  • Renew self management training every year
  • Renew diet information training every year
  • If you are considering a pregnancy, talk to your physician before you become pregnant.

For additional information:

  • Discuss with your physician.
  • Contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 toll-free, (920) 738-2230 in the Fox Cities, or (920) 231-6578 in Oshkosh.

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Adapted from: American Diabetes Association (ADA) and 2004 Wisconsin diabetes guideline
Reviewed: 1/07
Reviewer: rfc

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