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- Blood pressure, cholesterol and kidney function should be tested every year
- Failure to have such checks more than doubles a patient's risk of early death
- The tests could identify and treat any problems before they become serious
- Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of early death than healthy people
- The condition increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney problems
Diabetes patients should be having their blood pressure, cholesterol and kidney function tested every year, a charity has said.
Failure to have such checks carried out annually more than doubles a patient's risk of early death, according to the most recent National Diabetes Audit report.
On the back of these findings, Diabetes UK states such checks could save patients' lives by ensuring any problems are identified and treated before they become serious.
Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of early death than healthy people, particularly if they are of a working age, the report adds.
The condition increases a sufferer's risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.
Diabetes patients should be having three vital health checks a year to help save their life
DIABETES PATIENTS FITTED WITH AN 'ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS' IN NEW TRIAL
A breakthrough in diabetes treatment will see patients fitted with an 'artificial pancreas', it was revealed earlier this month.
The new development is an addition to the already available insulin pump, which continually pumps insulin into the body, but needs to be manually adjusted frequently.
Australian patients trialling the new technology will be fitted with a glucose monitor, which uses radio frequency to send information to the pump every five minutes, Channel Nine reported.
This allows the pump to adjust the amount of insulin delivered automatically.
The National Diabetes Audit 2015-16 Report 2: Complications and Mortality, investigated the link between three of the key annual diabetes health checks recommended by NICE and patients' mortality rates.
Results revealed that failing to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels and kidney function tested annually more than doubles a sufferer's risk of dying within seven years.
The findings also showed diabetes patients are at a higher risk of early death than healthy people, particularly if they are of a working age.
The importance of checks
Robin Hewings, head of policy at Diabetes UK, said: 'Annual health checks and effective support for self-management mean some of the serious complications of diabetes can be avoided or treated early, enabling people with diabetes to live long, healthy lives.
'Much more needs to be done to ensure people aren't slipping through the net and missing out on health checks that could literally save their lives.
'It's essential that GPs continue to receive incentives to provide them and reach out to everyone that needs them we need to make sure the message gets through to everyone living with diabetes,' The Express reported.