Other Treatments for Type 1 Diabetes
- Self-monitoring of glucose
- Hemoglobin A1c blood test
- Ketone testing
- Regular checkups with specialists
- Lancet—a disposable, sharp, needle-like sticking device
- Lancet device—a spring-loaded finger-sticking device
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
- Less than 7%: good control of your diabetes (Some medical experts believe that excellent control requires levels under 6.5%.)
- 7%-8%: moderate control
- 8%-9%: fair control
- Greater than or equal to 9%: poor control
Regular Checkups With Specialists
- Endocrinologist: a diabetes specialist
Ophthalmologist: an eye specialist for dilated exams
- In some states, an optometrist is licensed to administer drops that dilate the eye. After diabetes has been present for about ten years, all diabetics should have a yearly dilated eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
- Podiatrist: a foot specialist, especially if you have decreased sensation in the feet
- Diabetes nurse educator to help with understanding insulin
- Diabetes dietitian educator to assist with meal planning
- Social worker, psychologist, or other mental health professional
When to Contact Your Doctor
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Diabetes type 1. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated December 28, 2012. Accessed December 31, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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