Here are a few reminders about managing your diabetes:

  • Take your blood sugar readings the way your doctor ordered them.

  • Make sure you get these tests at least every year and more often if the doctor tells you to: HbA1c, LDL-c, urine test and have your blood pressure taken.  These will help to show kidney or heart problems.

  • Go to your eye doctor and tell them you are a diabetic.  You need a dilated retinal eye exam at least every year.  Your doctor can tell if diabetes is damaging your eyes during this test.  Glasses cannot fix all eye problems caused by diabetes.

  • Ask your doctor which lab tests you need to keep your diabetes under control.

  • Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Learn more about smoking cessation.