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What is included in diabetes follow-up?

Diabetes follow-up comprises of blood sugar, blood pressure and weight self-monitoring, various follow-up tests as well as follow-up meetings with professionals.

In fact, diabetes follow-up is really about the collaboration between the person with diabetes and healthcare professionals, where an individual assessment is made at regular intervals, and it is jointly considered how the diabetes care has been going and how the care goals have been met and conversations are had of any potential issues related to the care.

During the annual follow-up, the risk factors pertaining to the related conditions and arterial diseases as well as potential symptoms and findings are discussed in addition to the implementation of self-management, blood sugar balance and blood pressure. Additionally, challenges brought by diabetes and its care can be contemplated and solved. It is also good to discuss coping with self-management and the potential need for additional support.

The target-oriented self-monitoring of blood sugar is an integral part of diabetes care. A one-time blood sugar check reveals the level at the time of checking. Together with the glycated haemoglobin HbA1c check, it is normally an adequate measure to monitor the blood sugar balance in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Glucose sensor makes it possible to continuously monitor blood sugar and assess daily fluctuations and trends. It can be used to solve care-related problems or investigate the behaviour of blood sugar over a short period of time, such as 2–4 weeks. In continuous use, it can also be used for self-monitoring in MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) or pump therapy.

When it comes to diabetes, it is important to monitor not only the blood sugar balance but also blood pressure and the blood fat levels.

Read more about blood sugar monitoring, glucose sensors and other things monitored during follow-up meetings or appointments of persons with diabetes from the next pages.

Updated 30.9.2023