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.

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