According to Diabetes Australia, Diabetes Mellitus is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with an estimated 275 Australians diagnosed with Diabetes every day. It affects nearly a million people nationwide and is projected to triple to 3.3 million Australians by the year 2031 (Diabetes Australia [DA], 1984).
It is for this reason that the Glenroy Road Clinic is committed not only to the treatment of patients who are diagnosed with Diabetes, but also to early prevention.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic condition. This means that it is often a long-term and persisting in nature requiring ongoing management. It is a major contributor to many medical complications on both a microvascular and macrovascular level ranging from diabetic retinopathy affecting to cardiovascular disease (heart).
For our bodies to function, we need to convert glucose (sugar) from the carbohydrates we consume, into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential in that conversion process.
In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or is produced in insufficient quantities by the body.
This means that when people with diabetes ingest glucose, it can’t be converted into energy. Instead, the glucose stays in the blood continuing to accumulate and cause problems.
There are typically two types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes – Usually manifesting at an early age (teens or younger), it is a condition in which the body produces little to no insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes – This occurs when the body produces insulin but not enough to handle the body’s carbohydrate intake, or when the body produces enough insulin but the body develops insulin resistance.
How can you be screened for Diabetes?
If you would like to be screened for Diabetes, you will need to consult with your doctor who will organise for you to have pathology tests.
- Previous family history of Diabetes
- People of Asian ethnicity
- BMI of greater than 25
- Pre-existing conditions such as obesity
- Sedentary, physically inactive lifestyle
What is the role of a Diabetes Nurse Educator?
The role of the Diabetes Nurse Educator is to work in conjunction with your doctor and dietician to assist in your diabetes management through regular assessment, goal setting and practical strategies designed to promote better health and quality of life.
If you have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, or your doctor has identified you as “at risk” of developing diabetes, you may receive a letter in the mail advising you of our Diabetes Management services and inviting you to make an appointment with Rick Mateo, our Diabetes Nurse Educator (DNE).
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral. However, you need to be seeing one of the doctors from our clinic to access our Diabetes Nurse Educator.
What should I bring?
If you have any of the following items, you are encouraged to bring it to your appointment:
• Blood glucose meter
• Blood pressure machine
• Record of past BGLs
How much will it cost?
Your appointment is bulkbilled upon presentation of a valid Medicare card.
How do I make an appointment?
Our Diabetes Nurse Educator is available for consultation on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment.
You are encouraged to speak with the DNE or your doctor about whether this service would be beneficial for you.
Please contact the clinic to arrange an appointment.
Reference: Diabetes Australia. (2013, December 20). Retrieved from http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Understanding-Diabetes/Diabetes-in-Australia/