Each year, there are a number of health checks that those living with diabetes are entitled to. These health checks are to be competed in order to reduce your risk of developing any serious diabetes complications such as issues with your sight (retinopathy), kidney problems (nephropathy), or foot problems.
Watch this short video for details about the 15 Essential Health Checks:
The 15 Essential Health Checks are:
Blood glucose test (HbA1c) It is good practice to regularly monitor your own blood glucose levels. To better understand your results, view our HbA1c conversion table.
Blood pressure check Further information about how to prevent high blood pressure can be found here.
Eye screening Information about the Essex Diabetic Eye Screening Programme can be found here.
Kidney tests Read about the importance of urine testing here.
Foot and leg checks For advice on how to check your own feet and what to look for, click here.
Emotional and psychological support We have compiled a list of useful resources about mental health and wellbeing. View it here.
Diabetes education NEEDS offer Type 1 and Type 2 patient education sessions at a variety of different community settings and times. View them here.
Care from diabetes specialists The NEEDS team is made up of nurse consultants, diabetic specialist nurses, dietitians, community diabetologists, podiatrists, a mental health practitioner and administrators.