General Article Diabetes patients who avoid annual health checks could double risk of early death

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“We need to make sure the message gets through to everyone living with diabetes.”

By Natasha Hinde

People who skip their annual diabetes checks could be doubling their risk of an early death, according to NHS Digital data. 

Diabetes patients are now being urged to make sure they are having the potentially life-saving annual health checks.

In response to the report, Diabetes UK said more needs to be done to ensure people with the condition don’t slip through the net.

The charity added that tackling diabetes must remain a top priority for the Government and healthcare providers.

A national diabetes audit looked at the link between three of the key annual diabetes health checks recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and mortality rates.

It found the risk of premature death for people with diabetes was more than twice as high for those who had not consistently had their blood

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