your risk of complications
Creating your diabetes isn't a job that you can delegate solely to your doctor. It takes teamwork. Your health care team can supply you with a lot of helpful advice, information and care, but it's up to you to follow through. You're in the driver's seat.
It's also important that you approach your disease proactively instead of reactively. You want to prevent complications rather than simply respond to them when they occur. The following steps can help reduce detours in your treatment, improving your chances for a smooth ride ahead.
Beyond your regular checkups to monitor your diabetes treatment, once a year have a thorough physical examination. As is typical of an annual physical, this is an examination from head to toe. The difference is that your doctor knows that you have diabetes and will be looking for emerging problems caused by the disease. An annual physical is an opportunity to screen for conditions, such as kidney or heart disease, which may not be part of your regular diabetes checkups. In addition, you may be so focused on your diabetes that you don't notice signs and symptoms associated with another condition. During an annual physical these features may come to light.