Regular tests

Manage your diabetes

Regular tests

If you are living with diabetes it is important that you take good care of yourself.

Along with monitoring your blood glucose levels and making healthy lifestyle choices, you might also like to have regular visits with your healthcare team.

about-bg-07These visits are an opportunity to check how well your diabetes is being managed, whether any aspect of your lifestyle or medication needs to be adjusted, and – importantly – whether there are any signs of diabetes complications.

Picking up complications early can make a big difference to how serious they could become.

You and your healthcare team may also wish to consider drawing up an annual cycle of care or conducting a medicine review.

As part of your overall care you should have the following conducted by a healthcare professional:

  • ANNUAL CYCLE OF CARE

    The Annual Cycle of Care is a tool designed to help you and your healthcare team keep your diabetes care on track.

  • GLYCOSYLATED HAEMOGLOBIN (HBA1C) TEST

    The glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) test provides you with a long-term measure of your blood glucose levels (BGLs) over the past 10 to 12 weeks.

  • EYE TESTS

    People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing serious eye conditions which, if left untreated, can lead to poor vision and blindness.

  • LOOKING AFTER YOUR FEET

    Foot-related complications are common for people with diabetes, making foot care incredibly important.

  • BLOOD PRESSURE

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, is common in people with diabetes. In fact, some researchers estimate that high blood pressure affects up to 50% of people with diabetes.

  • CHOLESTEROL

    Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in your body. Your liver naturally produces some cholesterol as it is used in a number of essential bodily processes, such as the digestion of food. You also get additional cholesterol from the foods you eat.

  • KIDNEY FUNCTION

    People with diabetes are at a higher risk of kidney disease and kidney failure.

  • MEDICINE REVIEW

    Everyone with diabetes will need different types and doses of medicine according to individual needs.

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