Having diabetes increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, eye disease and kidney disease. Regular checks can reduce the risk of any of these complications.
We are working with a company called Healthy io, that will allow patients with diabetes to test their kidney function from home.
Part of your diabetes annual review is a simple urine test., which looks at urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR). The ACR test checks your kidney function by looking for particles of protein in your urine called albumin. Albumin in your urine means you are at increased risk of kidney and heart disease. If picked up at an early stage, you can be put on medication that reduces the risk of any complications.
Healthy io will provide a urine ACR test kit that allows people to do the test at home. It links up with an app on your smartphone. The test is very easy and a kit will be sent to your home.
With your permission we will share your mobile phone number and address wtih Healthy io, and they will contact you to get your kit sent out to you. If you do not wish to take part, please let us know by sending an email with your name and date of birth to email@example.com.
To find out more about kidney disease or the test, visit http://bit.ly/aACRtest.
To find out about all the other checks you need to have in your diabetes review please folllow this link: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-toi-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials.