Diabetes Control Checklist
Managing your diabetes can get complicated. There are daily tasks you need to do to stay healthy. Plus, you need to see your doctor regularly for tests and care. Use this checklist as a guide to take control of your diabetes.
- See your health care provider at least once a year
- Take your medicines as instructed by your health care provider. Use a pill organizer box to remind yourself to take your medicines on time. If you cannot make it to the pharmacy to pick up your medicines, talk to your pharmacy about medicine delivery options.
- Check your blood sugar every day. Talk to your health care provider about how often you should check your blood sugar every day.
- Check your feet every day for changes in skin and nails. Also, get your feet checked at each health care visit. If you have a cut or blister that will not heal, visit your health care provider.
- Get an A1C test at least twice a year or as often as your health care provider tells you to.
- Get your blood pressure checked at each health care visit.
- Get your cholesterol checked. Talk with your health care provider about how often you should have your cholesterol checked.
- Get a retinal screening once a year to check for any signs of retinopathy. Retinopathy causes damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye.
- Get your kidneys checked regularly with a blood or urine test. Chronic kidney disease is a loss of kidney function and is common in people with diabetes.