If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, here are some steps to help you in managing your diabetes.
Below is a list of questions for you to ask your health care provider on each visit:
- How is my hemoglobin A1C? (This test indicates the blood glucose (sugar) level over time and is frequently used to indicate how well the diabetes is being controlled.)
- What is my target A1C number?
- When do I need to test it again?
- How is my blood pressure?
- What is my target blood pressure number?
- How is my cholesterol?
- What is my target cholesterol number?
- Do I need an eye exam?
- Are there any other screenings I may need?
- Where can I attend diabetes education classes?
- Will you check my feet today?
- Are there support groups available for persons living with diabetes?
It is important to practice routine self-care:
- Check your blood glucose (blood sugar)
- Follow a healthy meal plan
- Take care of your heart
- Take your medicine
- Take care of your feet
- Take care of your teeth
- Manage stress
- Create an action plan to stay healthy
Tests you will need:
- Hemoglobin A1C (at least twice a year, and sometimes more often)
- Blood pressure (every visit with your healthcare provider)
- Blood cholesterol (once a year)
- Micro albumin to test kidneys (once a year)
- Dilated eye exam (once a year)
- Foot exam (once a year)
- Dental exam (twice a year)
For more information on managing your diabetes, refer to the booklet "Live your Life! Control your Diabetes." Ask your health care provider or call Jackson County Health Department at 618-684-3143, ext. 133 to obtain a free copy.