MVP’s Diabetes Education Webinar Series
Our Diabetes Education Webinar series offers guidance on diabetes, from diagnosis and management to avoiding health complications. Watch the series
Tests and Exams
There are certain tests and exams that people living with diabetes should have at least yearly. Talk to your doctor about your results so you can understand what they mean to you.
Retinal Eye Exam
You should have a yearly retinal exam by an eye doctor because, over time, diabetes can affect your eyes. You should have this exam yearly even if your medical doctor has examined your eyes and even if your vision seems fine.
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
You should have this test every three to 12 months. It shows your average blood sugar level over the previous two to three months. The higher the levels, the greater your risk of developing complications, including:
- Circulation problems
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
A result of less than 7% can reduce your risk of these complications. Your doctor will tell you how often you need the test based on your treatment goals.
This test checks for early signs of kidney problems from diabetes that can be treated to help prevent future problems.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Level
Sometimes called “bad” cholesterol, LDL contributes to the formation of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack. Most people with diabetes need to be on cholesterol lowering medication to help reduce LDL cholesterol.
Complete Foot Exam
People living with diabetes are prone to poor circulation, nerve damage, foot ulcers, and infections, which can lead to serious foot problems. Therefore, you should have a complete medical foot examination each year.
For extra support with managing diabetes, learn more about our Diabetes Care Program through our case managers.