Living with Diabetes

My Diabetes Care Plan

People with Diabetes must have regular health tests and checkups to stay healthy and control Diabetes for life. Track your Diabetes numbers and checkups with your healthcare team to reduce your risk for Diabetes complications.

Diabetes Tests and Checkups Your Diabetes Care Plan
HbA1C
Measures your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months
2 – 4 times a year
(Target for most people is less than 7%)

Blood Pressure
High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard


  2 – 4 times a year
(Target for most people is less than 130/80 mmHg)
LDL Cholesterol
LDL, or bad cholesterol, builds up and clogs your arteries
 At least once a year
(Target for most people is less than 100 mg/dl or 2.6 mmol/l)
Kidney Function (Microalbumin) At least once a year
(Target for most people is less than 30 mcg/mg)
Foot Exam
  • Check your feet every day, including between toes and around heals, and take care of any cuts or sores right away 
  • Have a complete foot exam by your healthcare provider at least once a year
Eye Exam At least once a year

Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day
  • See your dentist at least twice a year 
  • Talk to your dentist if you have swollen or red gums and in case of bleeding when brushing your teeth