Diabetes Mellitus (sugar diabetes) is a very common condition, occurring when the body does not produce enough insulin to regulate the level of sugar in the blood. For those affected by diabetes it can be controlled, dependent on the type of diabetes it is, by diet, diet and tablets or by insulin.
Irrespective of the type of diabetes complications can occur. All diabetics have an increased risk of heart disease, kidney problems, eye damage which could lead to blindness and damage to nerves and blood vessels (especially in the feet) which can lead to ulcers and other foot.
complications. However in the majority of patients, if diabetes is well controlled and efficiently monitored most of these complications can be detected in the early stages and stabilised or prevented.
At the onset, or during periods when the diabetes is unstable, more regular checks are required. Otherwise a patient may be happy to be assessed once a year at the annual diabetic check at the surgery. Eye Checks are also arranged annually and this is done ……. We have a dedicated Diabetic nurse that is supported by our Doctors to look after patients with Diabetes.
For more information visit the diabetes website.