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Working With Your Doctor

Your doctor is your partner in your diabetes care. For this reason, it is important:

  • To make an action plan
  • To talk about your diabetes and treatment options
  • To ask questions if you do not get the care you expect
  • To develop a way that will notify medical personnel of your condition in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself

Here is a checklist to take with you when you go to a doctor:

At every visit:

  • Check your weight and blood pressure. Your blood pressure should be 130/80.
  • Look at your feet.
  • Review your management goals and action plan.

Every 3-6 months:

  • Give you an A1c test, which shows your blood sugar levels. Your A1c level should be less than 7 percent.

At least once a year:

  • Check your blood cholesterol levels: your LDL (bad) cholesterol should be less than 100; less than 70 for people at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Your HDL (good) cholesterol should be more than 40 for men and more than 50 for women.
  • Check your triglycerides, type of fat in blood, which should be less than 150.
  • Check your total cholesterol, which should be less than 200.
  • Check your kidneys by measuring your albumin, a protein in the urine, which should be less than 30 mg/ 24 hours.
  • Arrange for you to get a dilated eye exam (with an optometrist/ ophthalmologist).
  • Check your feet with a special tool to make sure they have feeling.
  • Give you a flu shot.

Once-after diagnosis:

  • Give you a pneumonia shot.

Also, ask your doctor about a daily aspirin therapy to prevent heart disease.

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