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)
  • Exercise
  • 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.