Why is it important for a diabetes patient to have a yearly checkup?


Yearly physical examinations are important for everyone as a preventive health measure, but they are especially important for people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you have a greater risk for developing diabetes complications, including damage to the eyes, kidneys, nervous system, heart, and circulatory system. You are also more susceptible to developing infections. That’s why a thorough examination is in order to make sure your whole body is functioning properly.


The following are some other medical procedures you should have done at least once a year if you have diabetes:

  • Check your cholesterol to see your risk for heart and blood vessel disease.
  • Have a microalbumin urine test to check for kidney changes or damage.
  • Have a dilated eye examination to check for eye problems.
  • Have a complete foot exam.

Also be sure to have a yearly flu shot.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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