Doctors and nurses are able to provide expert advice and treatment plans to help manage your diabetes in areas such as:
- Appropriate Medication
- Cholesterol and Blood Lipids
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Stress Levels
- Life Style choices/changes
- Treatment Goals
While living with diabetes is certainly a challenge, the good news is that with the right treatment and support you can live a full, active and healthy life just like anybody else.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body stops producing insulin, due to the immune system attacking and destroying the pancreas cells that produce insulin. The exact cause is still unknown, however it is known to run in families and be triggered by viruses.
Type 1 is most prevalent in children and young adults, however older adults can also be affected. Currently type 1 diabetes accounts for 10-15% of diabetes cases in Australia.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, and/or doesn’t use insulin properly. Although there is no single cause, there are well-known risk factors that include a family history of diabetes, age, obesity and inactivity.
Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults, however the instances of children/young adults with this type of diabetes are increasing. Currently type 2 diabetes accounts for 85-90% of diabetes cases in Australia.
Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that affects 5% of pregnant women.
It is thought to occur when the hormones produced during pregnancy block the action of the mother’s insulin. It is often managed through diet, however some women may need insulin injections or the use of an insulin pump to stay healthy.
Those most at risk are women over 30 who are overweight and have a family history of type 2 diabetes.