7. Your Feet
Diabetes reduces blood flow to your feet, slowing healing of blisters and sores. And nerve damage can prevent you from feeling pain related to these conditions. You may not realize you need treatment until you have a serious wound.
Your doctor will check your feet at each visit and do a thorough foot exam at least once per year. Catching and treating foot sores early can prevent more serious problems, including infections and amputations.
8. Your Need for Emergency Care
Some diabetes complications develop slowly over years. But others can quickly become life-threatening emergencies. This includes extremely high blood glucose and ketoacidosis, a condition that occurs when your body runs out of glucose and begins burning fat for energy. Visiting the emergency room for a diabetes-related condition tells your doctor that your blood glucose levels aren’t under control.
It is much easier and cheaper to control your blood glucose and other medical conditions than to treat diabetes complications. But you’re not alone. Controlling diabetes is really a partnership between you and your doctor. You both have a responsibility to track the important numbers and look for other signs and symptoms of problems before they get out of control.
- Your doctor will work with you to create a diabetes treatment plan and will monitor your progress. The goal is to control your blood glucose and lower your risk of serious health problems.
- You will measure your blood glucose levels at home, and your doctor will also perform a blood test called hemoglobin A1c at least twice a year. This test gives a big-picture view of your blood glucose levels over a period of 2-3 months.
- Other things your doctor will check include your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, kidney function, and the condition of your feet.
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