Diabetes is a chronic condition where insulin, a hormone which converts glucose (sugar) from food into energy is no longer produced or is not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. An estimated 275 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day. It is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, and is the sixth leading cause of death.
Duff Street Medical Clinic is committed to the early prevention and detection of diabetes (up to 60% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented), as well as assisting our diabetic patients to stay informed and manage their condition.
There are a range of services that we offer to diabetic patients:
Diabetes General Practitioner Management Plan (GPMP) – this care plan allows you to have up to 5 bulk billed visits to a range of allied health professionals, including: diabetic educator, podiatrist, dietician and physiotherapist. This care plan is reviewed annually.
Diabetic Cycle of Care – this is an ongoing treatment program run in partnership with your regular GP and one of our experience practice nurses. Throughout this course of treatment your practice nurse will:
- Assess your diabetes control by measuring your HbA1c levels
- Ensure that a comprehensive eye examination is carried out
- Measure weight and height and calculate your BMI
- Ensure that a comprehensive foot examination is carried out
- Measure total cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol
- Test for microalbuminuria (albumin in the urine which can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and kidney disease)
- Educate you regarding diabetes management
- Review your eating and exercise
- Review your medication
For more information on diabetes and how best to manage it visit http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
If you are not diabetic but are concerned about being at risk, pop into the clinic and fill out The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool or speak to your GP. This is an especially good idea if you are over 40 years of age.