Will an Annual Physical Exam Suffice if I Have Diabetes?

Will an Annual Physical Exam Suffice if I Have Diabetes?

In addition to your regular annual physical exam, it’s crucial for people with diabetes to schedule routine wellness visits. Because diabetes impacts various organs and body systems, wellness checks are needed to catch any potential problems as soon as possible. Even if your diabetes is well-controlled, wellness visits help you stay on top of your health. 

Here at Total Care Family Practice in Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Evan Allen provides exceptional medical care to helps patients with diabetes live well. 

Your annual physical 

An annual physical is designed to help you maintain good overall health. At your visit, Dr. Allen reviews your medical history and checks basic vital signs, such as heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure. During the visit, Dr. Allen does a thorough physical examination and may order lab tests to check your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. 

Depending on your age, Dr. Allen may order additional screenings. There is also an opportunity to discuss the diet and lifestyle changes you’re making to manage your diabetes and stay healthy. 

Beyond annual physical exams

Living well with diabetes means visiting us regularly. Diabetes affects many areas of the body, and it’s important to work with Dr. Allen to monitor important aspects of your health. 

Diabetes can damage your body for years before problems become apparent. Beyond the annual physical, we monitor the following at one or all of your diabetes checkups: vision, kidney function, heart health, and foot health.

Vision

Diabetes can damage the delicate blood vessels that supply nourishment to the eyes. While blurry vision is one of the earliest signs of problems, damage can occur before vision changes. That’s why it’s important to have your eyes checked regularly. 

People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to blood vessels and nerves in the retina. Not only can it lead to vision loss, but diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults. 

Regular vision checks enable your health care team to catch and treat potential vision problems early.

Kidney function

Your kidneys have an extremely important job to do; they filter waste from the blood. Inside each kidney are filters called nephrons that contain tiny blood vessels. Diabetes can damage these blood vessels and cause the kidneys to fail. 

It’s important to closely monitor your kidney function if you’re living with diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar within a target range helps to protect your kidneys. Having regular kidney function checkups can alert you and Dr. Allen to any problems so you can take appropriate action. 

Heart health

Because diabetes can damage your blood vessels, people with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease. Protecting your heart health is a priority, so Dr. Allen monitors your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight, and advises you on tweaks you may need to make to your current regimen. 

Foot health

Taking good care of your feet is crucial when you have diabetes because it can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves in your legs and feet. This can lead to open sores that take a long time to heal and are vulnerable to infection. 

Daily foot checks at home and regular foot checks with a healthcare provider are an important part of keeping your feet in tip-top shape. 

If you have diabetes, Dr. Allen advises you on which exams and tests are most important for you to have and how often you should have them. If you notice any changes in your health or any unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us.

When in doubt about your treatment, lifestyle changes, or any special situations that may arise, give our office a call.Regular checkups help you maintain optimal control of your diabetes, allowing you to live a healthier, happier life.

Working closely with us to stay on top of regular exams and screenings helps people with diabetes manage their condition, reduce the risk of complications, and stay as healthy as possible. 

To schedule an annual exam, diabetes checkup, or other wellness service, call our Henderson office where a knowledgeable team member is waiting to assist you in setting up an appointment with Dr. Allen. 

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