The diabetes care team at St. Joseph Medical Center follows the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care. The Standards of Care ensure that each patient gets the comprehensive clinical treatment he or she needs, starting with the diabetes ABCs:
- A: A1C or estimated blood glucose (eAG)
- B: blood pressure
- C: blood cholesterol (blood lipid) levels
General Standards of Care require the following commitment from both the patient and the healthcare team:
At Every Office Visit
- Discuss blood glucose check results.
- Check blood pressure.
- Monitor weight and discuss plan for reaching weight goals.
- Discuss meal plan.
- Discuss any lifestyle, work, or emotional changes.
- Discuss physical activity routine.
- Create a smoking cessation plan (if applicable).
- Remove socks and shoes for foot check.
- Review medicine, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, vitamins, and supplements.
- Discuss use of aspirin for cardiovascular health, if appropriate
- Patient asks any question about diabetes management/care.
At Least Every 3 to 6 Months
At Least Once a Year
- Check cholesterol levels to know risk for heart and blood vessel disease.
- Perform microalbumin urine test for kidney changes or damages.
- Have a dilated eye exam to check for vision problems.
- Get a flu shot.
- Have a complete foot exam.
At Least Once in a Lifetime
Commitment to these standards ensures that no patient “slips through the cracks.” Diabetes is a disease that requires thorough management and education, which is one reason why many physicians in Houston choose to refer their patients to The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Joseph Medical Center.