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Step 4: Get Routine Care to Avoid Problems

See your health care team at least twice a year to find and treat any problems early. Ask what steps you can take to reach your goals.

If you have diabetes, at each visit be sure you have a:

  • blood pressure check
  • foot check
  • weight check
  • review of your self-care plan shown in Step 3

If you have diabetes, two times each year get:

  • A1C test - it may be checked more often if it is over 7

If you have diabetes, once each year be sure you have a:

  • cholesterol test
  • triglyceride (try-GLISS-er-ide) 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

If you have diabetes, at least once get a:

  • Pneumonia (nu-mo-nya) shot

The check markmarks show actions you could take.

  • Ask your health care team about these and other tests you may need. Ask what the results mean.

  • Write down the date and time of your next visit.

  • Use the card of the back of this booklet (PDF, 1.2 MB) to keep a record of your diabetes care.

  • If you have Medicare, ask your health care team if Medicare will cover some of the costs for

    • learning about healthy eating and diabetes self-care
    • special shoes, if you need them
    • medical supplies
    • diabetes medicines​​​​​​

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