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Type 2 Diabetes

Step 4: Get Routine Care to Avoid Problems

Accelerating Medicines Partnership

(AMP—Part 3 of 4)
Type 2 Diabetes

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The NIH, pharmaceutical companies, and nonprofit organizations have together created the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) to develop new models for identifying and validating promising biological targets for new diagnostics and drug development. The partners have designed a project plan to address relevant challenges for type 2 diabetes.

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See your health care team at least twice a year to find and treat any problems early. Ask what steps you can take to reach your goals.

If you have diabetes…

…at each visit be sure you have a:

  • blood pressure check
  • foot check
  • weight check
  • review of your self-care plan shown in Step 3

…two times each year get:

  • A1C test—it may be checked more often if it is over 7

…once each year be sure you have a:

  • cholesterol test
  • triglyceride test—a type of blood fat
  • complete foot exam
  • dental exam to check teeth and gums—tell your dentist you have diabetes
  • dilated eye exam to check for eye problems
  • flu shot
  • urine and a blood test to check for kidney problems

…at least once get a:

  • Pneumonia shot
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Actions you could take.

  • Ask your health care team about these and other tests you may need. Ask what the results mean.
  • Write down the date and time of your next visit.
  • If you have Medicare, ask your health care team if Medicare will cover some of the costs for
    • learning about healthy eating and diabetes self-care
    • special shoes, if you need them
    • medical supplies
    • diabetes medicines

Diabetes and Heart Health

If you have diabetes, it is important to take care of your heart. Learn about how diabetes affects your heart and tips for lowering your risk for heart disease and other heart problems.

People with diabetes should be aware of their heart health. Having diabetes makes heart attack and stroke more likely—but it doesn't have to. Research has shown that people with diabetes can lower their risk for heart disease and other heart problems by managing the ABCs of diabetes— A1C, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol—and stopping smoking. The NDEP provides educational resources for people with diabetes and health care professionals to raise awareness of the effect of diabetes on heart health.

Read More "Type 2 Diabetes" Articles

Diabetes Is Serious But Manageable / Step 1: Learn About Diabetes / Step 2: Know Your Diabetes ABCs / Step 3: Manage Your Diabetes / Step 4: Get Routine Care to Avoid Problems

Fall 2014 Issue: Volume 9 Number 3 Page 17