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Diabetes Management

Information To Help You Understand Diabetes Type 1 & 2

Diabetes Mellitus (commonly referred to as diabetes) is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the pancreas either does not produce insulin or the body has begun to resist it. The result is blood-glucose levels rising to dangerous levels unless injections of insulin are taken. If left unchecked, spiking blood glucose levels can lead to life-threatening damage to several vital organs including the cardiovascular system, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

Diabetes is an incurable disease that is lifelong for the majority of people. The best we can do for now is to manage it and prevent complications by keeping blood-sugar levels as low as possible.

Diabetes Management

Information To Help You Understand Diabetes Type 1 & 2

Diabetes Mellitus (commonly referred to as diabetes) is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the pancreas either does not produce insulin or the body has begun to resist it. The result is blood-glucose levels rising to dangerous levels unless injections of insulin are taken. If left unchecked, spiking blood glucose levels can lead to life-threatening damage to several vital organs including the cardiovascular system, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

Diabetes is an incurable disease that is lifelong for the majority of people. The best we can do for now is to manage it and prevent complications by keeping blood-sugar levels as low as possible.

What’s The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that results in the pancreas not producing much or any insulin at all. This is mostly seen in children under the age of 10. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can include:

     // Constantly feeling tired
     // Constant hunger
     // Blurred vision
     // Rapid weight loss
     // Constant thirst and urination

Type 1 diabetes is life-threatening if not properly managed. Type 1 diabetes is managed through:

     // Injections of insulin (sometimes up to 6 times per day)
     // Constant monitoring of blood glucose levels
     // Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet
     // Regular exercise

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that results in the pancreas not producing much or any insulin at all. This is mostly seen in children under the age of 10. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can include:

// Constantly feeling tired
// Constant hunger
// Blurred vision
// Rapid weight loss
// Constant thirst and urination

Type 1 diabetes is life-threatening if not properly managed. Type 1 diabetes is managed through:

// Injections of insulin (sometimes up to 6 times per day)
// Constant monitoring of blood glucose levels
// Eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet
// Regular exercise

People with Type 1 diabetes must be cautious not to skip meals, exercise too heavily, or take too much insulin or else their blood-glucose levels may drop too far and lead to hypoglycemia. To remedy this, those with Type 1 diabetes should always carry lollies with them for a quick sugar boost.

Type 2 Diabetes

For people with Type 2 diabetes, the body becomes less efficient at using the insulin your pancreas creates to manage your blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and is often referred to as “adult-onset diabetes” as it typically affects adults who have poor diets or are obese.  

More and more, children and adolescents are developing type 2 diabetes and are the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia with over 100,000 new cases each year.

Type 2 diabetes can also be life-threatening and is not properly managed. But unlike Type 1, Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be managed by lifestyle and diet changes alone. Some management practices include:

     // Eating a well-balanced diet
     // Exercising regularly and keeping body mass low
     // Monitor blood glucose levels constantly

For people with Type 2 diabetes, the body becomes less efficient at using the insulin your pancreas creates to manage your blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and is often referred to as “adult-onset diabetes” as it typically affects adults who have poor diets or are obese.  

More and more, children and adolescents are developing type 2 diabetes and are the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia with over 100,000 new cases each year.

Type 2 diabetes can also be life-threatening and is not properly managed. But unlike Type 1, Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be managed by lifestyle and diet changes alone. Some management practices include:

// Eating a well-balanced diet
// Exercising regularly and keeping body mass low
// Monitor blood glucose levels constantly

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes only occurs in pregnant women and is developed due to hormonal changes in the body that alter insulin production levels. Normally, gestational diabetes goes away after childbirth but can put the woman at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on. As with the other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes is typically treated with insulin injections.

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Where To Find King Street Medical Warrawong

King Street Medical is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

If you have trouble finding us, please call us.