Doctor checkups & diabetes

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Monday June 29th, 2020

Visiting doctors when you have diabetes is the number one priority in your to-do list. Though, people often get lost and don’t know where to start: how many visits they should pay? What’s the procedure? What should they pinpoint when checking their health?

It’s perfectly fine to be nervous and aware. We’re here to help and guide you with these frequently asked questions.

How often should I see my doctor?

First and foremost, your visitations should vary based on the type of diabetes you have. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), if you’re type 1 and taking insulin shots, you should consider paying your doctor a visit at least every 3 to 4 months. And if you’re taking pills or stronger medication – it can be every 4 to 6 months.

If your blood sugars are shaky and it’s more difficult to control diabetes, these visits should become more frequent.

What kind of questions to ask?

Here are some of the key-frame questions you should ask:

  • For a dilated eye exam. Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or cataract are not very welcomed guests in your eyesight, especially if you have diabetes. That’s why tracing it at an early stage or taking eye exams regularly will increase the chance of not having any of the above-mentioned diseases.
  • Blood pressure check. You got it right. We think there’s nothing more to explain here. At least once a year you should get your blood pressure checked to avoid the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Screenings for other complications. Screenings can be for cholesterol, nerve damage, circulation, or kidney disease. Once you’re at the doctor’s, take a chance to get a thorough checkup – it won’t do any harm. 
  • Name possible complications. If you feel that something’s off or you just want to be fully secure, don’t hesitate by getting examined by a doctor. It’s their job to listen, help, and give verified advice.

How can your doctor help you with diabetes treatment?

Diabetes is a serious disease but it shouldn’t be a huge cobblestone in your lifestyle. With good guidance and precise treatment, you will prevent yourself from having further problems with blood glucose. 

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