4. Take all of your medication as directed by your practitioner. Many patients with high blood pressure will need at least two — and often three — different medications. Are you on a mild diuretic such as hydrodiuril and/or an ACE inhibitor or ARB blocker? Make sure you know your cholesterol target goals. Ideally, with diabetes your LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) should be under 100. Save an original copy of all your blood test results. Give your doctor a self-addressed stamped envelope to remind her to send you the information each time you have blood taken.
5. Talk to your doctor about your blood sugar and what goal your doctor is trying to achieve for you. Make sure you do all that you can to monitor your blood pressure. Even if extremely tight control may not always be best, good control is still very important.
For all patients with diabetes: Do you measure your blood pressure at home? Is your blood pressure in the target range of 130/80 or lower? If not, what have you done about it? What problems have you had monitoring your blood pressure or taking your medications?
As always, I welcome your comments and questions.
Dr. Marie Savard is an ABC News medical contributor.