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.
These 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of kidney disease and kidney failure.
Everyone with diabetes will need different types and doses of medicine according to individual needs.