What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease with serious complications, currently affecting an estimated 1.7 million Australians.
Diabetes Mellitus (Diabetes) is the name given to a group of conditions that occurs when the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood becomes higher than normal.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. At this stage there is no known cure for either type of diabetes, although diabetes can be well managed
Type 2 diabetes continues to be the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Australia
If your blood glucose levels remains high for prolonged periods of time it can lead to problems such as kidney damage, heart attack, stroke and blindness. These are very serious conditions. Managing diabetes well will reduce these risks.
Contacting your GP
A lifelong condition like diabetes is best managed by you with the support of a diabetes team, Diabetes care plan conducted by your GP can provide one-on-one patient support and guidance and depending on your needs you may require diabetes educator, dietitian and podiatrist.
Steps to control your Diabetes
Ask your GP to refer you to a diabetes educator and dietitian:
- Test your blood glucose levels regularly and record your results
- Follow a healthy eating plan
- Become more active and exercise
- Always take the medications or insulin that has been prescribed for you
- Have regular medical check-ups
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help as soon as you feel you need it