Have you had a dilated eye exam this year?
Have a dilated eye exam done annually. Diabetes is associated with eye problems such as vision loss and blindness.
Do you see your dentist regularly?
Those with diabetes face higher than normal risk of contracting oral health problems. Be sure to make appointm
ents to see your dentist.
If you are a woman, have you had a mammogram this year?
It is important to not let the management of your diabetes overshadow other aspects of your health. Women should get a yearly mammogram for breast cancer screenings.
Have you had a colonoscopy recently?
Men and women should get a colonoscopy as suggested by their physicians. According to the American Cancer Society, diabetes increases a person's risk of colon cancer by 30-40%.
Is your blood pressure at a healthy level?
Be sure to control your blood pressure.
Have you had your flu shot for this year?
Get a yearly flu shot as those with diabetes are more at risk for complications and diseases when they contract the flu.
If you answered Yes to all or most of these questions, you are doing a great job of staying healthy and managing your diabetes! If you answered No to a majority of these questions you might consider joining our Diabetes Self-Management Program to better your lifestyle and control your diabetes.
For more information, on the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact the Diabetes Office at 618-526-5743 or email Megan Stanley.