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Living Well With Diabetes

It’s important that you keep your appointments with your healthcare team in order to better manage your diabetes and live more comfortably. Blindness, heart disease, kidney damage or failure, and complications due to poor blood circulation like impotence and loss of limbs can develop if your diabetes gets out of control. Here are some common tests that you should be getting at your doctor's office.

Tests for your Eyes

Have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Report any changes in your vision to your eye doctor immediately, as this could be caused by damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes. Do you want to know more about this exam and eye information? Find more eye complication info here.

Tests for your Feet

Keep an eye on your feet and ask your doctor to check them at every visit. High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet that allow you to feel pain. You may not feel a cut or sore. If you leave it untreated, you may get an infection which could lead to an amputation. Find more healthy feet and risk factor information here.

Tests for your Teeth

Diabetes can make dental problems worse. High blood sugar causes germs and bacteria to grow on your gums, in your mouth and on your teeth. This promotes plaque build up on your teeth. Call your dentist if you think you have problems with your teeth or gums. Be sure to brush, floss and go for dental check ups at least twice a year. Find more dental tips and info here.

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