Essential Tests for People with Type 1 Diabetes

By Alan L. Rubin

Part of Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Undergoing tests at the doctor’s office is a fact of life for someone who has type 1 diabetes. But with this handy card, keeping track of test results is a snap. You can make copies of this chart and fill in your child’s (or your own) results.

Test Frequency Results
Foot exam Each office visit
Blood pressure Each office visit
Weight Each office visit
Height Each office visit
Hemoglobin A1c Every three months
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) Yearly
Microalbuminuria Yearly
Eye exam Yearly
Lipid panel (cholesterol) Yearly
Ankle-brachial index Every five years