Diabetes is chronic and getting it tested in time helps you keep the condition controlled in time. If not controlled and managed in time it can cause damage to every blood vessel in your body, including the ones in your eyes. Hence, it is better to be aware and prepared before things get worse.
Mentioned below are 3 important tests that can help you detect this condition.
1. A1C test
This key blood test measures your average blood sugar levels over the last 2- 3 months.This way your doctor gets to know how well your sugar level is managed.
Ideally, you should get this test twice a year, if not more often.
The normal result should be below 7%.
2. Blood pressure checks
Diabetes makes you more likely to have high blood pressure, which can put you at increased risk for stroke and heart attack. Have your blood pressure checked every time you see your primary care doctor, Dr. King says.
3. Cholesterol test
Because having diabetes increases your risk of heart disease, it’s important to have a blood test to check your cholesterol as part of your annual exam or more frequently if your cholesterol levels are high.
Apart from these tests, it is helpful if you keep a glucometer handy. A glucometer is a self blood glucose monitoring device that helps you check, monitor and manage sugar patterns even on the go.