Diabetes patients should be having their blood pressure, cholesterol and kidney function tested every year, a charity has said.
Failure to have such checks carried out annually more than doubles a patient's risk of early death, according to the most recent National Diabetes Audit report.
On the back of these findings, Diabetes UK states such checks could save patients' lives by ensuring any problems are identified and treated before they become serious.
Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of early death than healthy people, particularly if they are of a working age, the report adds.
The condition increases a sufferer's risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.
Diabetes patients should be having three vital health checks a year to help save their life
A breakthrough in diabetes treatment will see patients fitted with an 'artificial pancreas', it was revealed earlier this month.
The new development is an addition to the already available insulin pump, which continually pumps insulin into the body, but needs to be manually adjusted frequently.
Australian patients trialling the new