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Living well with diabetes is within reach, especially when you have your primary care physician (PCP) available to help. And your PCP can best help you if you’re fully prepared for each visit and make the most of your time together.
Before Your Visit
During Your Visit
In addition to discussing your concerns, the doctor will examine your overall health. He or she will specifically check your eyes, mouth, heart and feet because complications from diabetes often occur in these areas.
“Having your blood pressure checked also is important,” said Dr. Meral Omurtag, a Sharp-affiliated physician in the Internal Medicine Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy San Diego. “If your blood pressure is high, this increases your risk for stroke, heart attack, eye problems and kidney disease. Your doctor can help you set up a self-care plan, if you don’t already have one, to lower blood pressure levels.”
Also, patients with diabetes are more likely to have foot problems than other people. Ask your doctor for tips on caring for your feet, such as how to wash them properly and inspect them every day.
“Every three to six months, you will need a blood test called hemoglobin A1c,” said Dr. Omurtag. “This common test measures your average blood glucose reading for the past two to three months. If the reading is not on target, your doctor may suggest changes in your medication, diet or physical activity.”
Preventing complications is part of managing your diabetes. You should discuss with your doctor and schedule the following at least once each year:
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's diabetes services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego endocrinologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about diabetes, visit Diabetes Care in Adult Health or read the Diabetes News archive.