Diabetes is a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood. Our nurse team has specialist training in the area of diabetes support. We can help with monitoring, treatment, stress management, and exercise and dietary choices.
Type I Diabetes
can occur at any age but is most often diagnosed in children, adolescents, or young adults. This disorder may be passed down through families and there is no reliable way to prevent it.
Type II (non-insulin) diabetes
is a slow onset condition, and can be called maturity-onset diabetes. Most people with the disease are overweight when they are diagnosed; increased fat makes it harder for your body to use insulin the correct way. The insulin loses its effectiveness (insulin resistance) and glucose cannot easily enter cells to be used for energy or stored as fat. This process leads to a gradual rise in blood sugar which slowly cooks (glycates) cell proteins and organ tissue leading to degeneration, especially in heart & brain blood vessels, eyes and kidney. Non-insulin dependent diabetes may also be hereditary and is best treated early, with lifestyle changes, prior to using medication.
Call our practice nurses (5374980 and press 2) for information, advice and self-management support.