Step 4: Get routine care

See your health care team to find and treat any problems early. Twice each visit be sure you have a:

  • blood pressure check
  • foot check
  • weight check
  • review of your self-care plan shown in Step 3
  • A1C test – it may be checked more often if it is over 7

Once each year be sure you have a:

  • cholesterol test
  • triglyceride test – a type of blood fat
  • complete foot exam
  • dental exam to check teeth and gums – tell your dentist you have diabetes
  • dilated eye exam to check for eye problems
  • flu shot
  • urine and a blood test to check for kidney problems

At least once get a:

  • pneumonia (nu-mo-nya) shot


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