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Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a national health priority

Diabetes is a group of disorders and the 10th leading cause of deaths in Australia.

There are four clinical classes of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 diabetes
  2. Type 2 diabetes
  3. Gestational diabetes mellitus
  4. Other specific types of diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing, most likely the result of rising overweight and obesity rates, lifestyle and dietary changes, and an ageing population. Within 20 years, the number of people in Australia with type 2 diabetes may increase from an estimated 870,000 in 2014, to more than 2.5 million.

If left undiagnosed or poorly managed, type 2 diabetes can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations and blindness. The early identification and optimal management of people with type 2 diabetes is therefore critical. General practice has the central role in type 2 diabetes management across the spectrum, from identifying those at risk right through to caring for patients at the end of life.

Are you at risk of diabetes?

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline (ie: more than 94cm for men and more than 80cm for women).
  • Being physically inactive.
  • Having high triglycerides and low HDL-C (good cholesterol) and/or high total cholesterol.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.

Other people at risk include:

  • Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
  • Women who have had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kgs).
  • Those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Those from certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

If you think you may have diabetes, or be at risk of developing diabetes, book an appointment with our Practice Nurse, Rob Clark, for a FREE Diabetes Risk Assessment.

People aged 40-49 years who are at high risk of diabetes are eligible for a Health Assessment.

Glebe Hill Family Practice provides team-based, patient-centred diabetes care

Glebe Hill Family Practice provides comprehensive diabetes management according to the Australian National Diabetes Strategy. We take a patient-centred approach to diabetes management, providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions and supports self management.

Our General Practitioners and Practice Nurses are skilled and experienced in managing diabetes.

Our comprehensive diabetes care includes:

  • Regular (3-6 monthly) diabetes reviews
  • Care Plans and referrals to ensure appropriate and coordinated health care
  • EPC (extended primary care) referrals to allied health (such as Diabetes Educator, Podiatrist, Optometrist, Exercise Physiologist, and Dietitian) as required
  • Screening for complications of diabetes
  • Management of co-existing health problems

What will happen at your Diabetes Review appointment

At your Diabetes Review appointment you will see our Practice Nurse and your GP.

  • You will be asked about lifestyle factors such as eating habits, diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and other aspects of mental and physical health.
  • Measurements (such as blood pressure, weight and waist circumference) will be taken.
  • Special tests will be arranged (such as blood tests, and urine tests for protein).
  • Referrals for allied health and specialist consultation will be arranged.
  • Appropriate management for your diabetes will be provided in the context of your individual situation and preferernces, and may include lifestyle modification, oral medications, and injectable medications.
  • Arrangements for ongoing follow-up will be made.

We look forward to seeing you or your loved one for a Diabetes Risk Assessment, or a Diabetes Review, soon.

 

 

Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am to 6pm

Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 5pm

Saturday 9am to midday

Closed on Sundays and public holidays.