Managing your diabetes, preventing complications, and keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range all require regular maintenance. These simple steps and screenings can help you with your everyday diabetes management.
Steps for Maintaining Your Blood Sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Check your blood sugar as often as your doctor recommends
- Take your diabetic medications as prescribed
- Get enough exercise
- Eat a variety of healthy foods
- Limit your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugars
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Visit your doctor regularly
- Talk with your doctor about taking a statin medication to decrease the risk of heart disease.
- Ask your doctor if you should be taking aspirin daily to help prevent stroke and heart disease.
- Have your A1C tested 2 to 4 times per year, with the goal of getting your A1C level below 7.
- Get an annual eye exam to check for retinopathy, or changes in the blood vessels in the eye. Retinal damage can occur without any symptoms.
- Have your kidney function checked yearly with a urine test. Diabetes can cause kidney problems and even kidney failure.
- Have your doctor perform a foot exam each year to monitor the feeling and circulation in your feet. Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, which is called neuropathy.
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