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 how often should I be seeing my doctor to optimize my diabetes management?

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Dr. Scott Williamson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 3-6 months

If your hemoglobin A1c is normal, you ought to be seen every 6 months.
If it is too high, you ought to be seen every 3 months. If you are changing therapies, you may need to be seen more often.

In brief: 3-6 months

If your hemoglobin A1c is normal, you ought to be seen every 6 months.
If it is too high, you ought to be seen every 3 months. If you are changing therapies, you may need to be seen more often.
Dr. Scott Williamson
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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
2 doctors agree

In brief: ?

When uncontrolled i will see patients every 2-4 weeks to make aggressive medications adjustments.
If controlled on multiple medications &/or Insulin i see patients every 3-4 months. Patients well controlled on 1-2 medications i see every 4-6 months. Medicare will cover diabetic foot exams every 13 weeks and the american diabetes association recommends screening eye exams on a yearly basis.

In brief: ?

When uncontrolled i will see patients every 2-4 weeks to make aggressive medications adjustments.
If controlled on multiple medications &/or Insulin i see patients every 3-4 months. Patients well controlled on 1-2 medications i see every 4-6 months. Medicare will cover diabetic foot exams every 13 weeks and the american diabetes association recommends screening eye exams on a yearly basis.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 months

The frequency of your visits depends on your knowledge and comfort level with your own care.
The more you know about diabetes and the closer you monitor it (in general), the better. There are 3 things we want to see in excellent control with diabetics - blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. If you are at target on all those (hgb A1c < 7.0, LDL < 100; BP < 130/80) you're golden.

In brief: 3 months

The frequency of your visits depends on your knowledge and comfort level with your own care.
The more you know about diabetes and the closer you monitor it (in general), the better. There are 3 things we want to see in excellent control with diabetics - blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. If you are at target on all those (hgb A1c < 7.0, LDL < 100; BP < 130/80) you're golden.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 months

If your results have been in good range 3 months is fine.
The glycohemoglobin test (a1c) reflects your average blood sugar for the previous 90 days.

In brief: 3 months

If your results have been in good range 3 months is fine.
The glycohemoglobin test (a1c) reflects your average blood sugar for the previous 90 days.
Dr. Martin Bress
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 months

If your diabetes is not optimally controlled to maintain the hemoglobin A1c below 7 then visits could be as often as every 2 weeks for review of blood glucose readings and medication adjustments.
Once well controlled and no other confounding problems such as obesity then every 3-6 months is usually sufficienct.

In brief: 3 months

If your diabetes is not optimally controlled to maintain the hemoglobin A1c below 7 then visits could be as often as every 2 weeks for review of blood glucose readings and medication adjustments.
Once well controlled and no other confounding problems such as obesity then every 3-6 months is usually sufficienct.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 months

I think at minimum, for an extremely compliant and well controlled diabetic, once every 6 months is adequate.
For most patients, a quarterly checkup is a good idea. Uncontrolled diabetics should be seen much more often until the diabetes is controlled.

In brief: 3 months

I think at minimum, for an extremely compliant and well controlled diabetic, once every 6 months is adequate.
For most patients, a quarterly checkup is a good idea. Uncontrolled diabetics should be seen much more often until the diabetes is controlled.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 months

Every three months to your primary care doctor, every two months to the foot doctor, and every six months to the eye doctor in order to keep your diabetes in check and minimize long term complications.

In brief: 3 months

Every three months to your primary care doctor, every two months to the foot doctor, and every six months to the eye doctor in order to keep your diabetes in check and minimize long term complications.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Lorne Bigley
Family Medicine

In brief: 3 months

This is dependent on the severity of the diabetes.
If it is under excellent control, then 6 months is fine, but if there are complications or if the diabetes is not under good control, then 3 months is the best interval.

In brief: 3 months

This is dependent on the severity of the diabetes.
If it is under excellent control, then 6 months is fine, but if there are complications or if the diabetes is not under good control, then 3 months is the best interval.
Dr. Lorne Bigley
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine

In brief: 3 months

Diabetes is a disorder of sugar control which have long term complications such as vision loss, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage etc.
It is very important to have regular visits to ensure that sugar remains in control. Tests to assess sugar control include self glucose monitoring (day to day control) and the A1c (hemoglobin a1c, asses control over the past 3 months).

In brief: 3 months

Diabetes is a disorder of sugar control which have long term complications such as vision loss, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage etc.
It is very important to have regular visits to ensure that sugar remains in control. Tests to assess sugar control include self glucose monitoring (day to day control) and the A1c (hemoglobin a1c, asses control over the past 3 months).
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine

In brief: 1 months

If the diabetes is uncontrolled and on Insulin i see then in 1-2 weeks and aggressively adjust the doses.
Then they are seen monthly - they must bring their glucometer with then on each office visit. The hga1c is checked every 3 months. If the diabetes is well controlled i see them every 3 months.

In brief: 1 months

If the diabetes is uncontrolled and on Insulin i see then in 1-2 weeks and aggressively adjust the doses.
Then they are seen monthly - they must bring their glucometer with then on each office visit. The hga1c is checked every 3 months. If the diabetes is well controlled i see them every 3 months.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine

In brief: 3 months

Most physicians see their diabetic patients every 3 to 4 months, if the diabetes is controlled and the patient has been stable, this can be increased to every 6 months.

In brief: 3 months

Most physicians see their diabetic patients every 3 to 4 months, if the diabetes is controlled and the patient has been stable, this can be increased to every 6 months.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine

In brief: 6 months

Typically when i diagnose a type ii diabetic, there is a great effort to gain control (improve the hemoglobin a1c).
Several medications are started, blood tests are taken. The initial visits will start about 2-4 weeks apart and gradually spread to 6 months after we make sure there are no complications or side effects and after we get a good diet, exercise and medication regimen.

In brief: 6 months

Typically when i diagnose a type ii diabetic, there is a great effort to gain control (improve the hemoglobin a1c).
Several medications are started, blood tests are taken. The initial visits will start about 2-4 weeks apart and gradually spread to 6 months after we make sure there are no complications or side effects and after we get a good diet, exercise and medication regimen.
Dr. Perry Sexton
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