Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Health Maintenance with Diabetes

As a diabetic there are several tests that you should have done each year to monitor and reduce your risk for complications. Are your “A, B, C’s” of diabetes within normal range?

A= A1C level which shows your average blood sugar for the last two to three months. B= Blood pressure. C= Cholesterol. If you’re A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol are within range you reduce your risk for complications such as heart, eye, and kidney problems. As a diabetic, you are at greater risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

You also want to have a comprehensive foot exam each year to monitor for any foot problems. Blood work will help to monitor your lipid levels and also how your kidneys are functioning.
A dilated eye exam will help determine if you are having any problems with your eyes. Dilating the eyes allows your doctor to look into the back of the eye to view any problems that may be occurring.
You do not want to forget about having a dental exam. As a diabetic, you are at greater risk for cavities and gum disease.

To learn more about ways to live a healthy life with diabetes, attend group classes at Wayne HealthCare. The classes are provided as a series of four classes that will meet on April 4, 11, 18, and 26, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Call 937-547-5750 to register for class.

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