Important Regular Exams & Tests
Below is a list with approximate timeframes for tests and checkups that should be part of your regular diabetes care. Keep track of when you have each test done by keeping a log of the dates along with the results to monitor your progress. Having these regular tests and exams can help you know if you are taking the right steps to keep your diabetes controlled and to reduce your risk of diabetes related health complications.
Recommendations From the American Diabetes Association (ADA):
|Daily||Personal foot exam by yourself or caregiver|
|Visit with your primary care doctor|
|Check your blood pressure|
|Every 3 months||Check your weight|
|Foot check by your primary care doctor|
|A1c test for those with erratic blood sugar levels|
|Every 6 months||Dental exam|
|A1c test for those with stable blood sugar levels|
|Complete physical by your doctor|
|Comprehensive foot exam by a podiatrist (foot doctor)|
|Lipid panel testing that includes blood cholesterol and fat|
|Every 12 months/annually||Microalbumin level (test of kidney function)|
|Dilated eye exam|
|Pneumonia shot (at least once, then as directed by your doctor)|
Tips for Emergency Preparedness
Living on the Eastern Shore, it is vital to have a disaster preparedness plan, especially for those with diabetes. You should have a plan on how to manage diabetes during periods when there may be a disruption in water supply, electrical outages, transportation or food preparation barriers, or when there are mandatory evacuations from your home.
- It is important to have at a minimum three days of diabetes supplies including medications, needles and lancets, batteries and glucose tablets or other fast acting forms of glucose for the treatment of hypoglycemia.
- Keep a list of contact phone numbers in case you are forced to leave your home. You want to be sure to have access to resources by phone for those who are familiar with your care and diabetes management.
- Keep all items for your emergency diabetes supplies in a clear, waterproof container that is easy to access.
- It is always wise to wear medical identification, often a bracelet or necklace, that will enable caregivers outside your family to quickly see that you are diabetic should you not be able to speak for yourself.
- Plan for alternative ways to store, cook, or prepare foods if you are without electricity for extended periods of time. Keep a supply of canned foods and a can opener for easy to prepare foods that have an extended shelf life. It is wise to have a supply of bottled water.
- Investigate resources available in your community for shelters or care centers in an emergency if you are forced to leave your home.