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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Diabetics told -- get checked or you risk blindness

people with diabetes who do not get proper checks are at risk of blindness.

Retinal screening tests for eye disease in diabetics known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age people.

And Diabetes UK says people are still not getting proper checks. Those with the condition must ensure they are receiving 15 key services to help them keep healthy, it added. Barbara Young, chief executive at Diabetes UK, said: "Diabetes is a serious condition which can lead to devastating long-term complications including blindness, kidney failure and amputations. The tragedy is that, for example, 90pc of cases of sight loss could have been avoided if they had been identified early enough and treated appropriately.

"The 15 measures will help ensure people with diabetes are getting the care they need, and if they're not, Diabetes UK wants people to use the checklist and ask for the standards of care that have been recommended."

The 15 measures for diabetics include: get blood glucose levels checked, have blood pressure monitored, get cholesterol levels checked, have an eye check, attend foot and leg appointments, ensure your kidney function is monitored, get your weight checked, get help to stop smoking if you are a smoker.

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