February 1, 2002, Newsletter Issue #1: Types of monitoring

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There are several tests that should be done regularly for the person with diabetes, to monitor their health and control of the disease. These tests include:

*blood glucose monitoring: frequency will vary with the individual based on their health teamīs recommendations

*ketone monitoring: this is done by people with type 1 diabetes when their glucoses are elevated or they are ill, undergoing surgery, or severe stress.

*hemoglobin a1c: this test should be done regularly (every three months to every six months depending on the person), to check on overall blood glucose control

*microalbumin: this test is done to check for kidney damage due to diabetes, and should be done annually

*Lipid levels: these should also be checked regularly, since they may be elevated in diabetes. Dietary and possibly medication may be used as interventions to help control them.

These are a few of the regular tests that a person with diabetes should have done.

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