Type 1 diabetics missing annual checks

A SURVEY of 6,850 diabetes patients by Diabetes UK found that those with Type 1 disease were less like to get proper annual checks than those with Type 2.

In particular, only 69 per cent of people with Type 1 reported having their legs and feet checked compared to 80 per cent of people with Type 2.

There was also a difference in the quality of checks. Fewer Type 1 diabetics had their socks or tights removed or had their feet tested for numbness; only 56 per cent were given advice about how to care for their feet and only 50 per cent were told their level of risk. This compares with 63 per cent of people with Type 2 being given advice on how to care for their feet and 55 per cent being told their level of risk for foot problems.

Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Care Improvement at Diabetes UK, said: "This survey lays bare just how vital it is for us to keep on campaigning for better care for people with diabetes.

"With 3.5 million people diagnosed with the condition in the UK, achieving good care for people with diabetes is a clear and pressing issue. No-one should be missing out on their annual checks and the services should be in place to support people with diabetes.

"Our 15 Healthcare Essentials provides information about what to expect to help people with diabetes work with their diabetes teams to manage their condition well. It is the basic level of care that everyone should be receiving to give them the best chance of a long and healthy life."