Mayo Clinic on Managing Diabetes

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Chapter 10
Important tests:
Are you getting them?
A few weeks to months following your diagnosis, managing your diabetes should start to become routine. You'll gradually develop a pattern for testing your blood sugar (glucose), exercising and eating. But you often may wonder, [How am I doing?] You'd like to know if your daily efforts at controlling your blood sugar are paying off and keeping other health problems at bay.You can find the answer you're looking for by keeping in regular contact with your health care team and making sure you receive appropriate tests during your checkups. These tests can evaluate how well you're doing in controlling your blood sugar and spot potential problems.Regular checkups are important because they:
Provide your doctor an opportunity to check for early stages of diabetes complications. Many potential complications show up early in simple blood and urine tests and examinations performed in your doctor's office.
Allow you and your doctor to review your successes and difficulties at meeting your blood sugar goals.
Give you an opportunity to hear suggestions from members of your health care team on how to meet your goals.


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