Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high. Blood glucose levels are normally regulated by the hormone insulin, which is made by the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when there is a problem with this hormone and how it works in the body.
Some types of diabetes have no symptoms, and can go undiagnosed for a long time, but some common symptoms can include:
Being more thirsty than usual
Passing more urine
Feeling tired and lethargic
Itching and skin infections, particularly around the genitals
Nausea and vomiting
Our GPs use medications if required, encourage increased exercise levels and provide patient counselling, as do the Practice Nurses.
GPs refer to Dieticians, Diabetic Educators, Diabetes Australia and Endocrinologists who specialise in diabetes. These practitioners work together with patients to optimise diabetic control and provide copies of results for ongoing comparison and motivation.