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Why should I see my doctor for regular checkups if I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, keep up with checkups. Regular checkups can help you lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. You should:

  • Have your blood pressure checked at every visit.
  • Have your A1C/eAG checked at least twice a year.
  • Have your blood fats checked at least once a year.
  • Have your urine checked for small amounts of protein once a year.
  • Talk about your meal plan.
  • Discuss any lifestyle, work or emotional changes.
  • Discuss your physical activity routine.
  • If you smoke, talk about ways to quit.
  • Remove shoes and socks for a foot check.
  • Review your medications.
  • Ask any questions you have about your diabetes care.

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