Diabetes

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Diabetes is a life-long disease. Having diabetes means that you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. 

Causes

There are many reasons someone might develop diabetes. Sometimes the causes are unknown, especially for Type 1 diabetes. Family history, being overweight and not getting regular exercise is strongly linked to developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Care

If you have diabetes, sometimes it might seem too hard to manage it. But you can stay healthy by taking care of yourself and learning what you need to do to control diabetes.

There are some you can do to get your diabetes in control:

See your doctor regularly. It is very important to have regular diabetes check-ups. Also, Check your blood sugar daily. Glucose meters are free from CenCal Health. This is the best way to know how your medications and diet are working.

Get the following lab tests/screenings every year. You can often do them all on the same day, at your regular diabetes check-up.
  • A1c
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Micro albumin tests (kidney panel)
  • Retinal eye exam every year
  • Diabetic foot exam to check the nerves in your feet
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