Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism causing excessive thirst and production of large amounts of urine. If you suspect you have diabetes your first step is to discuss this with your GP.
For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.
Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood and this is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes. Glucose is carried around your body in your blood – your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Are you at risk of Diabetes? You can complete the Australian Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool to see if you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
There are three major types of Diabetes:
- Type 1 (previously known as insulin-dependent diabetes)
- Type 2 diabetes (previously known as non-insulin dependent diabetes) and
- Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
Diabetes is a treatable condition that can be managed. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, we have an in-house Diabetes Educator Debra Singh who is well experienced and can assist you to make the lifestyle changes needed to improve your condition.