Recommended Screenings for Diabetes Management
Managing your diabetes will be a lifelong effort. It's important to follow a routine care schedule of screenings to monitor your health and prevent complications such as blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and neuropathy, which leads to non-healing foot ulcers.
Check-up by primary care provider - every three months
We recommend reviewing your diabetes treatment plan with your primary care provider every three months. Screenings your provider will run include:
- A1C test (monitors glucose level) – every three months
- Blood pressure – every three months
- LDL/HDL/Triglycerides – annually
- Urine protein – annually
Eye exam – annually
Foot exam – every three months
High blood glucose can cause nerve damage and decreased blood flow to your legs and feet, leaving you at risk for infection and gangrene. Scheduling regular exams by a podiatrist is important to preventing non-healing wounds and amputation.
- Visual foot exam – every three months
- Complete foot exam – annually
Dental exam - every six months
If you have diabetes, your saliva can contain high levels of glucose, which help plaque grow and can lead to cavaties, tooth decay and gum disease. Schedule routine exams to monitor and prevent disease.