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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How often should I have a health checkup to manage my diabetes?

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    Dung Pham


    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    It really depends on the control of the diabetes but I would suggest that if you have got poor control I think it is more likely you are going to have to visit your health professional or GP alot  more often. In general feet should be checked at least once per year and it is good to meet with a Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at least once a year too. Eyes should be checked at a minimum once every 2 tea years.

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    Dr Subhash Verma

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Dr. Verma has wide experience in the field of medicine. After completing his MBBS he has obtained Post Graduate Degree and Diploma in Paediatrics, Obstetrics … View Profile

    Generally speaking though, diabetes depends on weather you have the type two or type one diabetes. In a general sense, you should be managing the diabetes check up every three months at least to check your blood pressure and sugar levels in general terms. And at a yearly level, other tests and checks should be conducted which includes a HBa1c test, eye examinations and neurological examinations and other things. So he frequency of the examinations depends on the type of diabetes you have and the age at which you're diagnosed at and other factors as well. If it's type two diabetes than you should at least check at least three or six monthly.

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    Claire Kerslake

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    Claire Kerslake is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse and Health Coach based in Deniliquin in country New South Wales. Claire is the founder of … View Profile

    Staying healthy with diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2 diabetes really depends on being proactive and staying in regular touch with your health team.  In Australia we are very fortunate to be able to access funding from the Government for 5 free allied health visits in a calendar year that can help to offset the costs of visits to health professionals such as diabetes educators, dietitians, exercise physiologists and podiatrists.

    The whole aim is to keep you healthy and to ensure that the risk of complications is kept to a minimum and that if any developed they are picked up early so they can be treated.  

    It is probably best to have a chat with each member of your health team to see how often they would like to see you.  The answer probably depends on your level of health and whether you have any complications.  As a diabetes educator, I have some clients who I see annually, where others I will be seeing much more frequently, so it is difficult to have a hard and fast rule.  

    Also, if you are unsure or have any questions about anything, your members of your health team are there to support you so don't hesitate to get in touch.

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