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sts and home blood glucose monitoring are critical to staying healthy and avoiding the serious consequences of diabetes-related complications, including heart disease, eye disease and kidney failure."

Blood Pressure Test: Presented by Florence M. Brown, M.D., Co-Director, Joslin and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Diabetes and Pregnancy Program --Monitoring blood pressure levels is critical for people with diabetes. Joslin recommends blood pressure levels be taken at every doctor's office visit, with a target of 130/80 mmHg or better, and if kidney complications from diabetes have already developed, the target should be at or below 125/75 mmHg. "Diet, exercise, losing weight, minimizing stress, and reducing salt and caffeine intake all have a positive effect on blood pressure levels," emphasizes Dr. Brown.

Eye Exam: Presented by Deborah K. Schlossman, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center -- Diabetic retinopathy is the most common sight-threatening eye disease for people with diabetes, but vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy can be prevented in the majority of cases. Joslin recommends a three-prong approach to eye care: maintain excellent A1C levels; keep blood pressure and other health factors in check; and have an annual eye exam involving either pupil dilation (where the doctor places drops in the eyes) or specially validated photographs of the retinas (the back of the eyes). "Although there are a variety of treatments for diabetic retinopathy, the earlier it is diagnosed and care begins, the more effective the treatment," she advises. Even if there are no eye or vision problems, an eye exam should be performed yearly to monitor eye health and determine the best follow-up care or treatment.

Foot Exam: Presented by Richard A. Jackson, M.D., Senior Physician, Joslin Diabetes Center -- Poorly controlled diabetes can cause circulation problems and also can cause neuropathy, or damage to th
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