A huge number of new medications have come on the market, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. It has become increasingly difficult for non-specialists to keep up with all the ongoing changes in this field. A document released jointly by the European and American Diabetes Associations has highlighted the importance of dealing with each person with type 2 diabetes with an individualised approach, taking into account the relevance of each medication’s potential risks and benefits.
In addition to controlling blood sugars, it is vital that blood pressure and cholesterol is well controlled in people with type 2 diabetes. We know from numerous studies that blood pressure control is inadequate in a significant proportion of individuals with type 2 diabetes. Through home blood pressure measurements and 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, we aim to ensure good blood pressure control. Some people develop side-effects from cholesterol medications and this is a very important issue that needs to be dealt with in a safe and effective manner also.
A full package of bloods and urine for all the relevant tests relating to diabetes control (eg. HbA1c, Fbc, kidney profile, cholesterol profile, thyroid function tests, urine assessment for microalbuminuria etc) is available for a cost of E35.
This can be done by turning up to the pathology department in the Bon Secours Hospital with a form from Dr. O’Sullivan or Dr. Durkan which can be posted out to your address. No appointment is needed and results are back within 48 hours.