Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 24, 2002
Question from Washington, USA:
What follow-up lab tests that should be done on someone with type 2 diabetes? How often should they be done?
Lab testing varies from individual to individual based on your personal health concerns. For example, some diabetes medicines (insulin sensitizers or thiazolidinediones) require testing of liver function every two months for the first year you take the medicine. Other tests may be done more frequently because they are elevated.
Generally speaking, you should have a hemoglobin A1c every three months, and you should have your LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and urine microalbumin checked at least once a year, along with a dilated eye examination.
I strongly recommend you call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-diabetes (1-800-342-2383) and get a copy of the personal care wallet card to keep records of diabetes checks recommended every visit and every year. Single copies of the wallet card are available free in English or Spanish.
[Editor’s comment: I tried to find a copy of the ADA’s card on-line at the ADA website, but it doesn’t seem to be there. They do have discussions of other medical identification products, however, as does this website, at Medical Identification Products.