Getting Started 

Once you've been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to learn as much as possible about managing your condition. Your diabetes healthcare team should include at  least your doctor, a certified diabetes educator, and a registered dietitian.

Other members to consider having on your team include a podiatrist, optometrist, dentist, and endocrinologist.   Together they can teach you about managing your diabetes on a daily basis. They will teach you about:

  • Eating healthy

  • Staying physically active

  • Monitoring your blood sugar

  • Monitoring your eyes, your vision, and your feet

  • Taking your medicine (If prescribed)

  • Setting healthy goals

  • Problem solving

 See below for schedules of when best to exams and tests.

Exams or Test


Blood Pressure

Every Office Visit


Every Office Visit

Foot Exam

Every Office Visit

Blood Glucose Record

Discussed Every Office Visit

Dentist Check-Up

Two (2) Times a Year

A1C Blood Test (Average blood sugar Values During Past Two[2] to Three[3] months)

Two (2) to Four (4) Times A Year Based On Blood Sugar Control and/or Medicine Changes

Blood Tests for Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides

Every Year (More Often If Levels Not In Desirable Range)

Dilated Eye Exam by a Ophthalmologist or Optometrist

Every Year

Foot Exam by a Podiatrist

Every Year

urine Check for Protein/Micro Albumin and Creatine Ratio

Every Year

Flu Shot

Every Year

Pneumonia Vaccine

As Per Advice by Your Health Care Provider


There are several diabetes education programs, and support groups in the Tri-County area that include trained diabetes educators to teach you how to live with and successfully manage your condition.