What happens at your annual review?

Every year, your diabetes health care team will do some health checks, discuss the results and treatment options.

Generally, they’ll talk to you about:

  • what diabetes is
  • what high blood sugar means for your health
  • what medication you’ll have to take
  • your diet and exercise
  • your lifestyle – for example, alcohol and smoking

It’s important to keep your appointments even if you’re already being seen by a specialist nurse or consultant.

What happens after the diagnosis

Usually, the following things happen after your diagnosis:

  1. Your doctor may prescribe treatment, and it’s a good idea to book a private appointment with your pharmacist so you understand your medication
  2. You might need to make changes to feel your best
  3. You’ll have to go for health checks at least once a year
  4. You’ll agree how to look after yourself to avoid complications
  5. It’s important you book a free place on your local X-PERT diabetes course

How serious is type 2 diabetes?

If you don’t keep an eye on your health or have regular check-ups type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications such as:

  • heart disease and stroke
  • loss of feeling (nerve damage)
  • problems with sex
  • foot problems – like sores and infections
  • vision loss and blindness
  • miscarriage and stillbirth
  • problems with your kidneys

Know your medication

Diabetes medicines help lower the amount of glucose in your blood so it’s important to take them as prescribed.

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