Diabetes

We're here to help you be in control of diabetes.  There are a number of things you can do to help stay healthy.

1. Keep regular scheduled appointments with your doctor.

2. Meet with a Diabetic Educator: Our staff provides Diabetic counseling free of charge at both Fredericksburg and Jonestown offices.  A diabetic educator is present during your personal sessions.

3. Keep up with recommended testing/exams.

The CDC recommends the following if you have diabetes.

Things to Do At Least Once a Year

  • Get a flu shot (October to mid-November).
  • Get a pneumonia shot (if you’ve never had one) and every 5 years.
  • Get a dilated-eye exam.
  • Get a foot exam (including 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
    • Total cholesterol.
    • High-density lipoprotein (HDL).
    • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
    • 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).

*Vision:  Diabetic Retinopathy is a serious problem that can lead to vision loss.  Because diabetic eye disease may be developing even when your sight is good, regular dilated eye exams are important for finding problems early. Please schedule a yearly eye exam with your opthalmologist.

Links:

Taking Charge of Diabetes:  http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/tcyd/index.htm

Health Concerns:   http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/problems.htm

Type 2 Diabetes Changes:  click here