Diabetes Care Checklist



This diabetes care checklist and your Argus Health benefits can help you keep your health and overall wellbeing on track.


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This diabetes care checklist and your Argus Health benefits can help you keep your health and overall wellbeing on track. For more detail on these tests and services, consult our Guide to Essential Diabetes Health Checks.

 

Make a Plan with Your Care Team

Managing diabetes requires teamwork and you are the most important member of your care team. Obtain medical advice and guidance by scheduling regular appointments with your primary care doctor and diabetes specialist- they are excellent resources and can assist with connecting you with additional support to keep you healthy.

Take this checklist when you see your doctor- know your numbers, what they mean, and discuss your goals at each visit.

 

MEDICAL CARE

Routine Office Visits & Tests
(2-4 times a year)

Annual Health Checks
(Once a year)

Other Visits & Services

Blood glucose (HbA1c) test

Blood pressure

Weight or body composition

Medication review

Dilated eye exam

Kidney function tests

Blood fats (Cholesterol & lipid) tests

 

Foot and leg check (as needed)

Dental exam and cleaning (2 times a year)

Flu shot (Once a year)

 

 

 

LIFESTYLE SUPPORT

□ Care coordination

 

If you are managing other conditions along with diabetes, you may benefit from enhanced care coordination support. Our Thrive. Case Management program is available to you, at no additional cost. Learn more.

□ Emotional and mental wellbeing support

 

Living with with a long-term condition like diabetes can affect your emotional wellbeing. If you are struggling, seek specialist support from a psychologist.

□ Advice on diet

 

You should see a registered dietitian when you are first diagnosed with diabetes and for regular follow up visits. They can teach you how certain foods affect your blood sugar while also considering your medications, lifestyle and other factors.

A nutritionist is not the same as a dietitian- they are not licensed to provide medical advice to manage health conditions.

□ Help to stop smoking

 

If you smoke, giving it up is the best thing you can do for your health. learn more about how your Argus Health benefits can help you quit.

□ Diabetes education course

 

Your health plan provides coverage for 12-month diabetes education courses provided by Premier Health & Wellness (type 2) and Fountain Health (type 1 and type 2). The Bermuda Diabetes Association is another community-based resource for diabetes education.

□ Educating your friends & family about your condition

Your friends, family and colleagues can also be supports. Educate the people close to you to spot signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugar.

 

 

Bottom Line

Remember, you are the most important member of your care team and your health plan and healthcare team can help you thrive while living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Having all of these checks, tests and services annually can help reduce your risk of developing serious diabetes complications and greatly improve your quality of life.

For more information about your health plan benefits that can help keep your overall wellbeing on track, sign in to your secure Argus Vantage account or contact our Thrive. Nurse at thrive.nurse@argus.bm or 298-0888.