Posted April 04, 2020 16:47:09 You’ve got a high blood pressure, or a high cholesterol, or just a low blood pressure.
But what if you also have a very low blood sugar, which you might not even be aware of?
That’s the question raised by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (AHD) and its research team.
Its new advice, to be rolled out nationwide in the coming weeks, is to do a blood test to check for diabetes, as well as a check for obesity and blood pressure if you have any of those conditions.
But the guidelines are being drawn up by a team of specialists who are experts in blood pressure and diabetes.
They have previously told ABC Radio Melbourne they are not recommending anyone to do this type of test, but have said it is important to get the test done.
“The most common reason for not having a blood glucose test is that people don’t know that they have diabetes,” said Dr Richard Smith from the University of Sydney’s Department of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
“The good news is, this is actually a very common condition and we have good data from a range of different studies that shows it is a very effective test for identifying those people who have a risk of developing diabetes.”
Dr Smith said it was important to check the blood sugar levels to make sure there was nothing wrong with the blood, but did not recommend anyone should do a test themselves.
“I’m not going to recommend people to do it themselves,” he said.
“It’s important to be sure that they’re not overdoing it.
It’s also important to do the blood glucose testing as soon as you can.”
The new guidelines also encourage people to check their blood sugar and cholesterol levels regularly, as a way to help manage their condition and manage their weight.
“In some circumstances, the body will actually recognise that you have diabetes and will start to adjust the way that you eat,” Dr Smith said.
Dr Smith also warned that if you do have a low sugar level, then it could be an indicator of diabetes, but that it could also indicate other health problems.
“If you are at a low glucose level, that means that your sugar levels are stable and it doesn’t matter whether you’re diabetic or not,” he added.
“So if you are overweight, or obese, or have diabetes, then you should be concerned about it.”
Dr Brown agreed, and said the guidelines should be looked at by everyone.
“You’ve got to have a clear understanding of what you’re going through, what you need to do to manage it and make sure that you’re not eating too much or not exercising enough,” he told ABC Breakfast.
“And then the question of whether you can manage it, whether you are going to manage your diabetes is another issue.”
These guidelines are about helping people manage their diabetes and their weight.