It is a great idea for you to take control of your diabetes and to understand the tests you need to have to alleviate complications associated with diabetes like heart disease, stroke and other conditions. The main tests include:
-HbA1c test – this looks at what your sugar levels have been over the last three months as when you test your sugar levels yourself, you don't always know every minute of the day what your sugars are doing but this test gives us a clearer picture.
-Fasting cholesterol - your cholesterol is broken down into your HDL and your LDL and triglycerides. This test lets us know that the fats in your blood aren't accumulating and causing problems.
-Urine test – this should be done at least once a year. This test looks for protein in the urine, and microalbumin. This shows us if there is any protein being leaked by your kidneys, which is your kidneys' way of saying that they need to be looked after a little more.
-Biochemistry test – this is a blood test that looks at your liver function and your kidney function as well as a few other things.
-Foot examination – feet should be examined twice a year by a podiatrist, practice nurse or GP. This is to check that there are no sores that may develop into infections.
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