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The Importance Of Regular Diabetes Check-ups

September 25, 2023
The following eight diabetes exams and tests :

1. A1C Test

This key blood test measures your average blood sugar levels over the previous two or three months, which lets your doctor know how well your blood sugar is being controlled. 2. Blood Pressure Checks Diabetes makes you more likely to have high blood pressure, which can put you at increased risk for stroke and heart attack

3. Cholesterol Test

Because having diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, it’s important to have a blood test to check your cholesterol as part of your annual exam or more frequently if your cholesterol levelsare high.

4. Foot Examination

Half of all people with diabetes will lose feeling in their feet and lower extremities, Hence foot examination is essential. 5. Eye Examination Get a yearly eye exam from an ophthalmologist, who will dilate your eyes to see if high blood sugar has damaged blood vessels. Checking for early signs of glaucomacataracts, and diabetic retinopathy can help preserve your vision 6. Kidney Test The microalbumin test measures the amount of albumin, a protein, in your urine and compares it to the level of creatinine, a waste product. The ratio of albumin to creatinine lets your doctor know if your kidneys are functioning properly

7. Dental Examination

Gum disease is a lesser-known complication of diabetes. When it’s serious, it can make it harder for you to control your blood sugar and cause infections and other health problems. See your dentist for a regular cleaning every six months and stay on top of your dental health with self-care like flossing and brushing daily

8. Electrocardiogram

Because the symptoms of heart disease tend to be unusual in people with diabetes and may be hard to recognize, People with diabetes might have numbness or an odd feeling in the jaw, chest, or arms, he says, rather than chest pain.

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