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May
08

Knowing health numbers, labs aid control

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Diabetes will affect a variety of areas in the body and staying in control means staying abreast of the facts and stats of your specific health. Below is a listing of recommended exams, tests and vaccinations for people living with diabetes. Understanding the importance of all of these items is crucial to reducing the risks associated with diabetes.

Many tests and statistics become important like the A1C. The A1C test (or hemoglobin A1c test) is recommended every 3 to 6 months. It tells the doctor and patient the average blood sugar level over the last 2-3 months. It is not the same as the finger stick blood test done at home. Frequent higher blood sugar levels will lead to a higher A1C.

Prolonged high blood sugars will damage organs and body systems making numbers like blood pressure and weight a part of your overall health picture.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has long warned that diabetes increases the risk of stroke. A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is suddenly blocked damaging the brain tissue. Most strokes happen because a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and issues with thinking, memory or speaking.

Recommended at every visit:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Brief Foot Inspection.

Recommended lab tests:

  • A1C
  • Microalbuminuria
  • Blood cholesterol
  • Eye Exams
  • Foot Exams
  • Dental Exams
  • Recommended Vaccinations – Flu shot
  • Pneumococcal Vaccination

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers accredited diabetes education services that can make managing diabetes and other conditions an easier task. For more information on care management needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at education@diabetesms.com.

Visit the DMS Learning Center for more detail: Recommended Diabetes Exams and Tests

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