If you have diabetes when you arrive in Andalucia, you need to see your new family doctor in order to be evaluated so that you can get yourself into the public system's programme for treatment.

If you suspect you have diabetes or know that you are at risk, you should also visit your family doctor. He or she will decide whether or not you need testing.

Participants in the diabetes programme are supposed to have at least three special education sessions with healthcare workers to help them better understand their disease and how to manage their own care. They also have thorough eye exams and doctors check their feet for signs of circulatory problems. Special attention is also paid to their weight and blood pressure and, of course, blood test results.

Diabetes is considered to be a hidden illness with a large percentage of sufferers unaware that they have the disease until its too late and irreversible damage has been done. Therefore, doctors at local clinics try to be on the lookout for anyone who shows signs of being diabetic.


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