Monitoring Your Risk

Working with your health care team:
To track your health you need to visit your health care team regularly. Your blood pressure and weight will be checked. And you have lab tests. Two standard blood tests measure blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Tests to check your kidneys may also be done. Try not to miss your visits. And be sure to discuss each of your tests results with your health care team.

Blood sugar lab tests: 
A hemoglobin A1c blood test measures your average blood sugar levels over a 2-to-3 month period. This shows how well your diabetes is being controlled. The test gives results over a longer term than daily blood sugar readings. It also helps predict risk for heart disease and other problems. You may have this test every 3-to-6 months.

Testing Total Cholesterol:
A blood test for total cholesterol measures LDL and HDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides (fat like substances in your blood). Your doctor may order this test about once a year. If your LDL levels or triglcerides are to high, your doctor may perscribe medication to help lower them. You'll also need to make changes in your diet.