Checks and Goals for Each Year

Once a Year

  • Get a flu shot (October to mid-November), if you have not had negative side effects.
  • Get a pneumonia shot (if you’ve never had one) and every 5 years.
  • Get a dilated eye exam.
  • Get a foot exam (including a check of circulation and nerves).
  • Get a kidney test.
  • Have your urine tested for microalbumin.
  • Have your blood tested for chemicals that measure your kidney function.
  • Get a 24-hour urine test (if your doctor advises).
  • Get your blood fats checked for o Total cholesterol.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL). o Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). o Triglycerides.
  • Get a dental exam (at least twice a year).

Talk with your health care team about

  • How well you can tell when you have low blood glucose.
  • How you are treating high blood glucose.
  • Tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco).
  • Your feelings about having diabetes.
  • Your plans for pregnancy (if a woman).

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