There are 3.2 million people in the UK with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. While most of us have a basic understanding of the condition less of us are aware of the serious health complications that diabetes can lead to.
If you’re living with diabetes you might be very familiar with how you should be monitoring your blood sugar levels or what you should be eating.
But, did you know Diabetes UK recommends eight annual health checks you should be going to, and that many of those test are available at your local LloydsPharmacy?
Your Eight Annual Health Checks
- Blood pressure – to check for early signs cardiovascular diseases that people with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing
- Cholesterol – to test cholesterol levels. Poor cholesterol control can also lead to cardiovascular disease, testing allows for changes to be made to your diet and lifestyle if required
- Smoking – to record smoking status. Smoking heightens the risk of diabetes complications support can be offered to help you stop
- BMI – to check if weight is healthy. Waist measurements are also a good indicator. The results of both may result in weight loss being advised
- Feet – to spot changes to the skin, circulation and nerve supply. Poor management of diabetes can cause poor circulation and nerve damage, with reduced feeling in the feet
- Blood glucose – to be completed by your GP to measure levels of HbA1c (blood glucose) and overall blood glucose control so that healthy targets can be set
- & 8. Urine albumin & Serum Creatinine – to be completed by your GP to check kidney function. These tests require a blood test and urine sample to test protein levels
Regular eye screening is also important to look for signs of retinopathy, a serious complication which can affect those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Visit your nearest LloydsPharmacy to find out more about the tests on offer at your local store. Do you think you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? We also offer free Type 2 diabetes screening in-store.