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How often should I be visiting my doctor as I get older with diabetes?

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When you have diabetes, you need to worry about other health conditions, too. The longer you have the disease -- into your 50s and beyond -- the greater your risk for problems with your feet, eyes, heart, kidneys, and more.

This is why it’s crucial to see your doctor often: He’ll make sure that you have your diabetes under control, and he’ll see if other health problems are cropping up. You’ll probably need to visit his office every 3 months unless he tells you to come less often. (Some people who have their diabetes well under control may only need to visit the doctor every 6 months.)

From: Getting Older? Get These Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Andrew Bremer, MD, PhD, program director, diabetes division, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The A1C Test and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).”

American Diabetes Association: “Overweight: Your Weight and Your Risk.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

National Institute on Aging: “Diabetes in older people: A disease you can manage.”

American Diabetes Association: “Kidney Disease (Nephropathy).”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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