Screening for type 2 diabetes and people with no symptoms is recommended for:
*Overweight children who have other risk factors for diabetes starting at age 10 and repeating every 2 years.
*Overweight adults (BMI greater than 25) who have other ristk factors
*Adults over 45, repeated every 3 years
To prevent complications of diabetes, visit your health care provider or diabetes educator at least four times a year. Talk about any problems you are having.
Regularly have the following tests:
*Have your blood pressure checked every year (blood pressure goals should be 130/80 mm/Hg or lower).
*Have your glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) checked every 6 months if your diabetes is well controlled, otherwise every 3 months.
*Have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked yearly (aim for LDL levels below 100 mg/dL).
*Get yearly tests to make sure your kidneys are working well (microalbuminuria and serum creatinine).
*Visit your opthalmologist (preferably one who specializes in diabetic retinopathy) at least once a year, or more often if you have signs of diabetic retinopathy.
*See the dentist every 6 months for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. Make sure your dentist and hygienist know that you have diabetes.
*Make sure your health care provider inspects your feet at each visit.
Stay up-to-date with all of your vaccinations and get a flu shot every year in the fall.
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