Diabetes over a time, may increase the risk for many health problems. It can harm blood vessels and nerves of the body, including those in eyes, kidneys, brain, feet, gums, skin, heart and more. The damage can start even before someone notices the symptoms.
For people with diabetes, apart from self-monitoring of the blood glucose (SMBG), periodic tests for diabetes are important to catch problems early before they become serious health issues. These routine tests are also an important tool in managing your treatment plan and preventing long-term complications of diabetes. One should talk to their healthcare provider about what specific tests needs to be done and their recommended target goals.