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Exams You Should Have Regularly If You Have Diabetes

If you are divorced and your child is in college and you can not afford to pay your portion of the tuition are you forced to do so or can you simply say I can not afford this anymore Johnny will have to go to a community college or or help pay for some of it himself or transfer to a cheaper college. Or are you forced to pay money you can not afford. To send a child to college. I know if my husband and I could not afford to send our kids to college we could just say we can't afford it and that would be that but what is the case when it comes to divorced couples and child support in regards to college? Surely people should not be forced to pay for their kids college when they can not afford it.

Diabetes as most people know is about the body not being able to use insulin efficiently in the body.  The disease is so much more than this and it can affect so many different parts of the body over time.  In order to avoid complicatinos with diabetes you should see your doctor at least twice a year so he or she can see how you are doing and see if they need to adjust your medications at all. If your diabetes is a little more serious then you should probably see your physician 4 times per year. 

Twice a year your doctor should check your A1C levels. You A1C levels measure your average blood glucose levels over a 3 month period.These numbers will help your doctor to determine weather or not your medication needs to be adjusted.  So what kind of numbers are they looking for in an A1C test?  Well a normal person without diabetes will have a number ranging from 4 to 6.  A diabetic in good control is usually around 6.  7 is acceptable but not great.  Some doctors may think that is fine while others will seek more agressive treatment or request that you lose a few pounds or exercise a bit more.  For instance my last one was 7 and my doctor wanted to adjust my meds a bit but when I told him I liked the medication I was on and it was very affordable he told me if I lost 5 to 7 pounds then I could stay on it, So we made a deal that if I lost the weight by my next A1C test that I could stay on the medicine I was on.  I lost about 3 pounds and I have an appointment coming up in the nexg few days. We will have to see what my A1C shows to determine if I will have to switch meds or not.  If your A1C test comes up 8.4 or higher this will send out alarms to your doctor that your diabetes is not under contol. With a A1C this high or higher that means that you are running a much higher risk for increased complications down the line.  Your doctor will need to adjust your medication.  Of course if it is this high you should help yourr own body out by losing a few pounds and by exercising. 

Your Meter

You should bring your meter to the doctor with you when you go for diabetes check ups to make sure that your meter is accurate.  Your doctor should not mind you testing yours against theirs. 

Blood Pressure

When you go for your diabetes well care visits your doctor should check your blood pressure.  Because diabetes can cause high blood pressure it is very important to have yours checked frequently and act accordingly.  You goal is to have a blood sugar reading that is below 120/80.  If your blood pressure is 140/90 but somewhere over 120/80 but not higher than 140/90 then your doctor will likely start to talk to you about ways to improve it.  If your blood pressure is 160/100 then you will likely be put on some sort of medication to control your blood pressure.  Remember one high reading does not mean you have high blood pressure, some peole get nervous at the doctor causing their heart rate to go up.  If you have a high reading ask your doctor to do another one  at the end of your appointment since you will likely have calmed down and relaxed a bit by that point.

Kidney Tests

Diabetes can cause a disease in your kidneys called diabetic nephropathy, it take several years to develop and does not show any symptoms typically but the worst of it can be very dangerous and in many cases deadly.  So be sure to have your kidneys tested regularly. This will be done through a urine test. 

Cholesterol

You should have your cholesterol checked at least once a year.  Because unfortunately diabetes can also cause you to have high cholesterol. 

Have Your Feet Looked At

Another thing diabetes can cause is problems with the foot.  The nerves in your body can get damaged because of diabetes this can cause problems with the feet.  You can also have poor circulation when you have diabetes so that is another reason your doctort should take a look at your feet when you come in to see him or her. They should check to make sure that your feet have full senstation, and lookd for evidence of calluses or sores. 

Eye Exam

Diabetes can wreak havoc on the eyes so it is very important to get them check once a year.  Diabetic retonopathy can damage the back of the eye. If caught early on it can be treated but the longer it goes on the more damage it can do to your eye. 

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