Regular Assessments

At each visit, your health-care professional should:

• Review your self-monitoring results and current treatment

• Talk about your targets and change where necessary

• Talk about any problems and questions you may have

• Continue diabetes education

The health-care team should check:

• Your blood glucose control by taking special tests. (These tests -- done two to four times per year if diabetes is well controlled -- include measures of "glycohemoglobin" (sometimes abbreviated as HbA1c or GHb) or "fructosamine." Fasting blood glucose tests are advised for individuals treated without insulin.

• Your blood pressure and blood fats, if necessary

The following should be checked at least once per year:

• Your eyes and vision

• Your kidney function (blood and urine tests)

• Your risk factors for heart disease, such as blood pressure,

• blood fats, and smoking habits

• Your self-monitoring and injection techniques

• Your eating habits

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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