Chapter 10A 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:
Are you getting them?
|• ||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.|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Mayo Clinic on Managing Diabetes.
Contributors: Maria Collazo-Clavell - Editor.
Publisher: Mason Crest.
Place of publication: Philadelphia.
Publication year: 2002.
Page number: 141.
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