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.
November 29, 2005
Question from India:
What yearly laboratory tests should a diabetic patient have? When should they be done? I am a 45 year old man who weighs 100 kg (220 pounds).
In association with your physician, you should have a yearly eye exam to screen for eye disease from diabetes. You should have a yearly test of kidney function with a urine that tests for albumin in the urine. You should have your blood pressure checked every visit. You should see the physician every three months if you have type 1 diabetes. You should see the physician every three to six months if you have type 2 diabetes. At those visits, you should have your feet checked for sores, ability to sense light touch, blood pressure, weight, and review your home blood sugar readings. A hemoglobin A1c test to measure your overall level of glucose control should be performed at each visit. Your fasting lipids should be checked yearly. If you have type 1 diabetes, you should have your thyroid checked every year, as thyroid disease is more common in those with type 1 diabetes.