Diabetes is a serious condition, where the level of glucose in the blood is too high. There are two types, caused by either lack of insulin (type 1) or increased insulin resistance (type 2). Diabetes can lead to serious complications including: kidney failure, blindness, limb amputation, and increased cardiovascular disease.
Diagnostic testing or screening should be discussed with your Doctor. It is often silent and therefore we recommend everyone is checked, especially if you are over 40 years of age or have risk factors. Find out if you are at risk here
With consistent self-care it can be managed and health outcomes improved.
St Martins Medical encourages all of our diabetic patients to come in for a FULLY FUNDED annual diabetes check. This includes a blood and urine test (completed prior to appointment if able), foot circulation assessment and discussion about you medication, diet, exercise and others.
We will also check if you retinal screening check is up to date.
Our nursing team will send you a reminder letter each year to invite you in for this check. We also offer diabetes appointments if you are concerned, have questions or would like to discussed anything related to diabetes. Please call reception to book in with a nurse or doctor.
Starting insulin may be required if your blood sugar is consistently elevated. The doctor will discuss this with you at a consultation. We have nurses that are trained to assist you when starting insulin. They will also provide ongoing support while you are working through this process.
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