Diabetes Consultation

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (sugar) level in the blood is too high. It develops when your body can not make enough of a hormone called insulin, or when you cannot use the insulin your body produces.

If it is left untreated, high blood glucose levels can lead to serious damage to the body. Complications of diabetes include

  • Blindness,

  • Kidney failure,

  • Heart disease,

  • Stroke and

  • Limb amputation.

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you may have had one of these symptoms;

  • Itchiness,

  • Blurred vision,

  • Loss of weight,

  • Always thirsty,

  • Frequent urination,

  • Tiredness, or

  • Leg cramps.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms recently, please  talk to your doctor or nurse at any one of our East Tamaki Healthcare (ETHC) clinics.

Are you at risk of getting Diabetes?

  • Are you European and over 40 years old?

  • Are you Maori, Asian, Middle Eastern or Pacific Island and over 30 years old?

  • Do you have a family history of diabetes?

  • Are you overweight?

  • Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure?

  • Have you had a large baby weighing more than 9 lbs/4 kg?

  • Have you had diabetes during pregnancy?

  • Do you have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)?

If you have answered yes to two or more of these, you may be at risk of developing diabetes. Please talk to your doctor or nurse at any one of our ETHC clinics.

Annual Get Checked

The Ministry of Health runs a health project that encourages people with diabetes to get one free check up per year. Please talk to your doctor or nurse at any one of our clinics to see if you are eligible for the free yearly check up.