Screening / Test
What is it?
|This blood test shows your average blood sugar levels for the past three months.
8 or under is your healthiest number.
|High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. If you have diabetes, you’re at risk of a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. High blood pressure adds to that risk. Talk to your provider to learn more.|
|People with diabetes may have cholesterol problems that can lead to heart attack and stroke.|
|Urine and blood tests help find kidney disease (nephropathy) early.|
|Checks for damage to your eyes caused by diabetes. DRE is a medical test and does not require vision benefits. See an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) yearly.|
Living every day with diabetes
Even though diabetes is a serious condition, there are things you can do every day to stay healthy. Here are tips and strategies that can help.
You don’t have to give up flavor to eat healthy. You can eat a lot of great-tasting meals that are good for you too.
Checking your blood sugar
Monitoring your blood glucose (sugar) level each day helps keep diabetes under control. It’s even more important if you take insulin.
Physical activity is a great way to improve your health. And it can also help you manage your blood glucose level.
Checking your feet
Daily foot care can help prevent problems. Diabetes can cause nerve damage and lead to blisters and sores on your feet.