Diabetic Clinic

Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.

We aim to achieve good control of diabetes and prevent complications All patients with diabetes are encouraged to see the practice nurse, who is specially trained in the care of diabetics, at least once or twice yearly unless the patient is having regular follow-ups by the hospital service.

All patients should make an appointment for a blood test at least one week prior to seeing the nurse so that she can tell you how good your control is.

Treatment for diabetes It’s recognised that the sooner the blood sugar levels are brought under control, the better the long term prospects of preventing damage. Lifestyle advice about diet, weight management and regular activity is the first step.

Type 1 diabetes will require immediate insulin therapy, Type 2 diabetes will first be managed with a drug called Metformin, if lifestyle changes alone aren’t effective. There are now several other drugs used in type 2 diabetes, although eventually some type 2 diabetics will need insulin therapy as it’s a progressive disease.

Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Diabetes