What will my schedule of care be like if I have diabetes?

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Your schedule will look something like this:

Every visit
        
• Blood pressure
• Weight
• Foot check

Every 3 months
    
• A1C test
• Regular visits to your diabetes care provider
• Regular visits to your dentist

Every year
HDL, LDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol: for average reading; more often if high levels are being treated
Kidneys: microalbumin measured;
Eyes: examined through dilated pupils
Feet: more often in patients with high-risk foot conditions (neuropathy, vascular disease)
• Flu shot
• Review meal plan
• Update with diabetes educator

Every 2 years
HDL, LDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol: if last reading indicates very low risk

Once

Pneumococcal vaccine

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