Check ups

What type 1 checks you should be having on a regular basis?

The amount of care you receive can seem daunting at first, but it might not be as much trouble as you might expect.

Here are the check ups you should be receiving and how often it’s recommended to get them done.

Blood and urine test

What it is: These tests will measure a number of things, including liver and kidney function, cholesterol and your HbA1c level (your average blood glucose level over the last three months).

How often do you need it: At least once a year, but four to six months is recommended. Children should have this done every four months.

Type 1 diabetes check up

What it is: Your height, weight and blood pressure will be taken, and the results of your blood and urine tests will be discussed in this appointment. This is where you can discuss any other problems or concerns you have about your type 1 diabetes.

How often you need it: It is recommended that you make this appointment around a week after your blood and urine test (so same frequency applies).

Eye screening

What it is: A specialist will take a photo of each eye to look for any changes to your retina (the seeing part at the back of your eye). This is different to a regular optician appointment, as they will be looking for signs of retinopathy.

How often you need it: You should receive an invitation to an appointment every year.

Foot check up

What it is: A trained professional will check your legs and feet for any numbness, poor circulation, corns, calluses, nail problems and other conditions. They will discuss whether you are at risk of developing any foot problems and, if necessary, you may referred to a foot specialist (a podiatrist).

How often you need it: It is recommended that you have an annual foot check.

If you aren’t offered, or don’t get told about the check-ups you’re entitled to, speak to your doctor or diabetes team.