Monitoring your diabetes is vital to avoid complications and further illness.
Your doctor will advise you how often you will need formal assessment.
However, you should bear the following in mind:
- Your HbA1c (glycosylated haemoglobin) will be checked 3 to 4 times a year, aiming for a level below 6.5%
- Test your blood for fasting lipids including cholesterol and kidney function every year
- Check your BP every 6 - 12 months
- Your weight must be monitored once or twice a year
- Check for the presence of albumin in your urine once a year (nephropathy)
- Have your eyes checked once a year for diabetic changes (retinopathy) - your GP can ensure you are listed in the national screening programme
- Examine your feet for sensation and pulses (peripheral neuropathy)
- Examine your skin for signs of infection
- Consult a dentist twice a year
If you have any questions regarding monitoring your diabetes, please feel free to speak with your GP or practice diabetic nurse.
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