Diabetes is diagnosed when a person has too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. This occurs because the body is not producing enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels in the normal range. Currently there is no cure for diabetes but it can be controlled and a person with diabetes can lead a full and active life.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.org.nz/about_diabetes
Our diabetes clinic aims to create partnerships between doctors, nurses and patients with diabetes.
Our doctors and nurses can provide information on lifestyle and treatment options, and support as you make choices about how to manage your health.
A team of diabetes nurses manage many aspects of the clinic, including education, annual reviews, referrals, advice and support on issues such as diet, blood glucose testing, medication (including starting and adjusting of insulin) and many other concerns.
Diabetic annual reviews are like a WOF – and they are FREE.
This is a great opportunity to check that your heart, eyes, kidney and foot health are as good as it can be and to set yourself some goals if needed to maintain or improve your health. Remember that you are eligible for a free flu vaccine each year and we will let you know when this is available for you.
To contact our diabetes clinic, call Hamilton East Medical Centre on 07 839 1232 and ask to speak to the nurses – they will arrange for one of the diabetes nurses to call you back to help with your query if needed.