Diabetes Tests Worksheet
Below is a list of important tests. Provide the information requested to see how you’re doing.
My last A1c test was on ________. This blood test measures blood sugar control over the past 60 to 90 days. A1c should be tested 2 to 4 times a year, depending on how well your blood glucose is managed and whether you have had a recent change in your diabetes medicines. The target A1c level is mostly below 7%.
My blood pressure is _______. Both the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association recommend blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg for people with diabetes. Have your blood pressure checked at every visit to your provider.
I have an appointment for a foot exam on ________. Inspect your feet every day for signs of redness, warmth, swelling or calluses. In addition, you should have your feet inspected by your provider during every visit and have a complete sensory foot exam done every year.
My next dilated eye exam is on ________. People who have diabetes should have a dilated retinal examination every year. Remember that this is a special eye exam that is not the same as having your vision checked for glasses.
I last had my fasting lipid profile on ________. Lipid profile tests should be done at least once a year so that you and your healthcare provider can develop a plan to reduce your risk. A 50% reduction from your baseline LDL cholesterol is the goal.
My appointment for my urinary protein/microalbumin test is on ________. Measuring your urinary protein will give you and your provider information about the health of your kidneys and blood vessels. You should have an annual test for urinary protein/microalbumin if you have type 2 diabetes or if you have had type 1 diabetes for more than 5 years.
I last had my kidney function tested on ________. A blood test of your estimated glomerular filtration rate (how effectively your kidneys are functioning) should be done at least once a year to further asses the health of your kidneys.
Although these are suggested guidelines for care, please check with your healthcare provider and insurance benefits plan for coverage.
March 21, 2017
Hurd, Robert, MD,Sather, Rita, RN