At Ridgeview, we continually strive to improve the care for our patients with diabetes. Research has demonstrated that receiving care from a diabetes team will more effectively help you maintain your health and avoid complications.
As you know, diabetes sometimes necessitates dramatic lifestyle changes. While a healthy diet and regular exercise are important for all of us, they are even more important for individuals with diabetes. Most individuals with diabetes will require medications not only for their diabetes, but also to control their blood pressure and cholesterol.
Ridgeview’s recommended standards of care include:
- Accredited diabetes education: You will be referred to a diabetes educator. Per insurance coverage, newly diagnosed diabetics can generally be seen for up to 10 hours of education during the first year. Established diabetics are usually covered by their insurance for one to two hours of consultation yearly to help stay on track and current with advances in care.
- Aspirin: Aspirin is recommended for patients with type II diabetes who are over the age of 40. Sometimes other blood thinners are substituted for aspirin, and there are occasionally conditions which will not allow you to take aspirin.
- Blood pressure monitoring: This is checked and documented each visit to ensure you are within the recommended range of less than 130/80.
- Diabetic visit: A diabetic visit should be scheduled with your provider between two and four times, yearly.
- Dilated eye exams: You should have your eyes thoroughly evaluated by your eye care provider at least once each year. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and through screening and by managing your diabetes, you can significantly decrease this risk.
- Foot checks: A monofilament, a firm piece of nylon to evaluate the sensation in your feet, is used to screen for diabetic neuropathy.
- Hemoglobin A1C testing: This simple blood test, which approximates an average blood sugar level over the preceding three months, should be performed a minimum of twice yearly. Ideally, this value should be under 7.
- Lipid profile: A lipid profile should be performed at least once a year. Our goal is for your LDL (bad cholesterol) to be less than 100 and optimally under 70.
- Microalbumin testing: This test measures protein in the urine. It helps determine how well your kidneys are functioning.
- Smoking cessation: It is best for many health reasons not to use tobacco. We will assist you in quitting.
Ridgeview has a reminder system to assist you in your diabetic care. While we don't wish to burden you with unnecessary appointments, our main goal is to provide you with the best diabetes care possible.
To learn more about diabetes care, inquire to your Ridgeview provider.
Ridgeview Regional Diabetes Education Collaborative