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Everyday Diabetes Management

Everyday Diabetes Management

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

Recommended Screenings

  • 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.

Learn more about managing your diabetes with our helpful diabetes resources.

Preventing Group B Strep

Group B Strep Awareness Month

July is Group B Strep (GBS) Awareness Month, so we’re helping you learn more about it each day.

GBS is a type of bacteria that’s in the digestive track of up to 1 in 4 pregnant women, and can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, premature, handicapped, or very sick. Learn more.

Protect Your Baby

 

GBS Disease has 3 types, prenatal (during pregnancy), early-onset which happens within your baby’s first week, and late-onset, anytime after 1 week. Learn more.

Keeping Your Baby Healthy

 

GBS does have noticeable symptoms! If you’re pregnant, call your doctor if you have less or no fetal movement after your 20th week, or if you have an unexplained fever.

GBS and Its Symptoms

 

Once your baby’s born, call you doctor or take them to the ER if they have refuse to eat, sleep too much, have a high or low temp, red skin, or blue or pale skin from not enough oxygen. See the full list of symptoms.

After They're Born

 

Babies can be infected with GBS from in the womb until several months old. Women usually don’t have symptoms, but should get infections during pregnancy treated right away.

Avoiding GBS Infections

 

You can check for GBS with a urine test during pregnancy if you’re worried you might have it.

Checking During Pregnancy

 

The hospital can also test your baby to see if they have GBS after they’re born, so talk to your doctor about any symptoms you see.

Testing Your Baby for GBS

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