Diabetes

Updated 20 February 2017

The importance of managing your diabetes

Managing your diabetes is important and includes regular health checks as well as daily routines.

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If you are concerned that you might be diabetic or are at risk for developing diabetes, contact your doctor to check your blood sugar. If you are a diagnosed diabetic and are uncertain about any aspects of your management, contact a specialist diabetologist for advice.

As a diabetic, education and counselling regarding managing your diabetes is important. Do not neglect your health. An appropriate diet, exercise, taking your medication or insulin regularly as prescribed by your doctor, and regular blood sugar monitoring are important.

So too is it imperative to have your blood pressure, your eyes, your kidney function and cholesterol checked annually or more often if advised by your doctor.

The HbA1C test should be done 2–3 times a year to assess the average blood sugar control over a 3 month period. 

Read more: 

Causes of diabetes  

Diagnosing diabetes 

What is diabetes 

 

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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