People who take control of their own diabetes care by eating healthy foods and living an active lifestyle often have good control of their blood sugar levels. Still, regular health checkups and tests are needed. These visits give you a chance to:
Ask your doctor or nurse questions
Learn more about your diabetes and what you can do to keep your blood sugar in your target range
Make sure you are taking your medicines the right way
See your doctor
See your diabetes doctor for an exam every 3 to 6 months. During this exam, your doctor should check your:
See your dentist every 6 months, also.
An eye doctor should check your eyes every year. If the exam shows no problems developing, you can have your eyes checked every 2 years. See an eye doctor who takes care of people with diabetes.
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Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.