It is recommended by the American Diabetes Association that you have the following tests done to help monitor your diabetes. Talk with your doctor to learn more.
A1C (glycated hemoglobin) - should be completed 2-4 times per year to measure your total blood sugar control over the last 3-month period. Goal is less than 7%.
Blood Pressure - check your risk for heart and stroke problems. Goal is less than 130/80.
Lipid Profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides) - should be completed once per year. Looks at blood fats that may increase risk of heart problems. Goal for total cholesterol is less than 200; LDL less than 100; HDL greater than 50 in women and 40 in men; triglycerides less than 150.
Microalbumin (urine sample) - should be completed once per year. Checks for very early kidney changes that may lead to later problems.
Dilated Retinal Eye Exam - should be completed once per year. Checks for early eye changes, which may lead to later problems.
Foot Exam - should be checked four times per year by your doctor. Checks for foot, nerve, and circulatory problems. Learn how to check your own feet daily by asking your doctor.