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Brought to you by Christine Olinghouse FNP, CDE, BC-ADM - The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER

THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Christine Olinghouse FNP, CDE, BC-ADMOne of the most dangerous aspects of diabetes is that high blood sugar is not painful. When people have pain, they're motivated to do something about it. Without pain, we wait—until disaster strikes.

That's why the American Diabetes Association recommends regular checkups. See your team at The Portland Clinic at least twice a year to check on these five important things:

A1C: This test averages your blood sugar over the past three months. Monitoring your A1C helps us know when to make changes to protect your health.

Blood Pressure: Keeping your blood pressure in check lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Feet: Diabetes can affect the circulation and nerves in your feet. Regular foot checks reduce the risk of small problems turning into big ones.

Weight: Extra pounds put added stress on your pancreas and make blood sugar control more difficult.

Your self-care plan: Your health depends on you. Your team is here to offer advice and help you adjust your routine if your health has changed.

Once a year, you should also get the following tests, exams, and preventive services: Cholesterol Test; Complete Foot Exam; Dental Exam; Dilated Eye Exam; Kidney Tests; and Flu Shot.

Life-altering complications are a very real risk for people with diabetes. Seeing your health care team regularly keeps you on track and informed so diabetes complications can't take you by surprise.

Please take care. I look forward to seeing you for your checkup soon.

The Portland Clinic

Downtown

800 SW 13th Ave

Portland, OR 97205

Tigard

9250 SW Hall Blvd

Tigard, OR 97223

Beaverton

15950 SW Millikan Way

Beaverton, OR 97003

(503) 223-3113

www.theportlandclinic.com

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