Periodic Steps for Type 2 Diabetes Management
There are several steps to the daily routine in managing your type 2 diabetes. In addition, there are a few things that you can do periodically that help manage this chronic condition. Longer Term trends are important to watch, beyond the day-to-day. By integrating both the daily and periodic steps, you can gain greater control over your life and your health.
Tracking A1C Levels
The A1C level comes from a blood test. Keeping track provides information to your doctor about the average blood sugar for the past few months. Diabetes doctors check these regularly, so you need to keep track of your A1C levels in your records.
Often people with type 2 diabetes are dealing with multiple health conditions. If this is the case for you, maintain a master file of your health records. Your doctors do not have a way to communicate with each other regularly, so it falls to you. Files from your primary care physician, cardiologist, pulmonologist are critical. Surprisingly, dental records are important, too.
Otherwise healthy adults should have their cholesterol tested every 4 to 6 years, says the American Heart Association. More frequent tests are recommended for those with diabetes because of the increased risks of heart disease.
Your doctor will let you know what the results mean, but be sure to take note of:
LDL cholesterol (unhealthy)
HDL cholesterol (healthy)
Keep them in your files, so you can watch how they change over time.
Health Issues Caused by Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes affects all organ systems in your body. Be sure to watch for any skin changes, sensory issues, eyesight differences, cardiovascular health and cognitive abilities. These can signal diabetes complications. Track these to give your doctor the best possible information to make treatment decisions.
The management of your Type 2 diabetes seems overwhelming at times. Take proactive steps to improve the overall quality of your life for now and the future.