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Diabetes Still Isn't Easy
Diabetes Still Isn't Easy

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All About Appointments

If you’re living with diabetes, your endocrinologist probably wants to see you every 3-6 months. These are important routine appointments, but there are other appointments you won’t want to miss. And why is this?  If your blood sugar is out of range over a long period of time, you’re at risk for developing complications. Some of these complications include damage to the eyes, kidneys, and feet.

Before going into worry mode, it’s important to note that complications of diabetes don’t happen if you get a couple high blood sugar readings. You’re at risk for problems if your blood sugar is constantly elevated over time. Your endocrinologist or health care provider may have suggested seeing other specialists. This is because the tiny blood vessels in your eyes, kidneys, and feet can become damaged if they are chronically sugar-overloaded. So, it’s best to have different doctors take a closer look.  

Now, what are these other doctors (or specialists) and what will they be looking at? Check out the appointment guidelines below:

Everyone, diabetic or not, should take care of their teeth on a daily basis. Flossing once daily and brushing twice daily is suggested for optimal dental health. When you have diabetes you’re at risk for problems with the gums, specifically, gingivitis. Avoid or delay potential dental problems by seeing your dentist on bi-annual basis.  

Podiatrist (the foot doctor)
Just like your teeth, it’s important to take care of your feet on a daily basis!  Look at your feet once a day to check for open sores, cuts, or changes in color, and follow up with your podiatrist at least yearly to help keep your feet in tip-top shape.  

Ophthalmologist (the eye doctor)
Seeing an eye specialist at least once a year is important because he can take a closer look to see if your diabetes is affecting the eyes.  

Here’s a smart tip for you: Try to schedule these appointments all on the same day (if your insurance allows).  By doing this, it will be easier to keep track and stay on schedule with these routine appointments.  

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About the Author


Lynn is a nutritionist and diabetes educator at the Friedman Diabetes Institute.