Diabetes Care Checklist

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Diabetes Care Checklist

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Diabetes Care Checklist
Diabetes Care Checklist
Our checklist can help you to keep track of whether you are doing all you can to maintain your health with diabetes.
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Diabetes Care Checklist

Make sure you are keeping up with all aspects of your health related to diabetes. This checklist may help. Print it out so that you can review it at your medical appointments. Diabetes experts recommend that you visit your doctor at least every three months if you are not meeting your goals for diabetes treatment. Visit every six months if you are meeting all goals. For more information about diabetes care, visit our summary of comprehensive care for diabetes.


Symptoms That Could Suggest Complications
Have you had chest pain, chest pressure, or shortness of breath?
Have you had leg pain with walking, or foot pain with elevation of your legs (at night)?
Have you had blurred vision?
Have you had any temporary or lasting blackout of your vision, weakness on one side of your face or body or speech difficulty?
Have you had any symptoms of low blood sugar: sweating, trembling, nausea, nervousness or confusion?
Lifestyle And Habits
Do you have a safe and effective diet and exercise plan?
Do you need help to stop smoking?
If you are a woman, do you need advice about birth control or diabetes management in pregnancy?
Do your blood sugar and blood pressure meet your goals? If not, you may need to discuss adjusting your medicines.
Do you have refills on all your medicines?
Do you have refills for your glucose-meter test strips?
If you have high blood pressure or early kidney disease, are you taking an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker?
Are you taking a cholesterol medicine? This is now recommended for people with diabetes over age 40, if your LDL cholesterol level is higher than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
Are you taking aspirin if your doctor recommends this for you?
Doctor's Examination
Weight every visit
Blood-pressure check every visit (goal: less than 140/90)
Foot examination by your doctor or a podiatrist yearly
Eye examination by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) or optometrist yearly
Full physical examination yearly
Dental examination and cleaning at least twice a year
Laboratory Tests
Blood test for hemoglobin A1C every six months (goal: less than 7% for most patients. You and your doctor might choose a somewhat higher goal if you have had low blood sugar complications or other difficulties with diabetes management.)
Blood test for fasting cholesterol. Most people with diabetes who are between ages 40 and 75 have cholesterol tested about once per year,
Blood tests (if needed) to monitor safety of continuing diabetes medicines
Urine test for early signs of kidney disease (microalbumin) once a year
Influenza vaccine (flu shot) yearly in October, November or December
Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax) once. If you are over 65 and it has been more than five years since your vaccine, you should receive a second vaccination as a booster.


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Last updated August 09, 2014

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