Diabetes is one of Australia’s biggest health problems and affects more than one million people across the country. According to Diabetes Australia, 280 people on average develop the disease every single day — that’s equal to once every five minutes.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are attacked by the immune system. There is no cure or prevention for type 1, although it can be managed through injections, insulin pumps and lifestyle choices.
Type 2 is when either the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body develops a resistance to the effects of insulin. It has strong genetic risk factors and is also associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors.
Diabetes can be extremely damaging and even fatal if not properly managed. For this reason, education is important not just for those with the condition but also for family members, close friends, teachers and employers. Whether you or someone you know has been diagnosed with the disease, learn how to manage and support the condition for ongoing health and wellbeing; you can also learn steps to take if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
At Pro Medical SA, our doctors are experts in diabetes education, support and management of both type 1 and 2 Diabetes. They will be able to provide you with the information, knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence that is needed to manage your condition, and will work collaboratively with yourself and our team of multi-disciplinary health professionals to make decisions about optimal care and treatment based on your individual needs. With our help, you can create a personalised self-management plan that includes both long and short-term goals with regards to both avenues of treatment and your lifestyle choices.
Whether you have already been diagnosed, know someone who has, think you may be at risk or just want some more information, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment and speak with one of our experienced medical professionals.