Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting people of all ages and walks of life.
Diabetes is when a person is not able to control the amount of glucose in their bloodstream. The body produces a hormone called insulin to help control their blood glucose levels. People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or is unable to make use of the insulin to control their blood glucose levels. As such, it can cause the level of glucose in the blood to rise above normal levels. Uncontrolled levels of glucose in the blood can damage blood vessels and nerves, causing complications to the eyes, heart, kidneys and feet.
Food, Exercise and Foot Care play a very important role in the management of Diabetes. A healthy eating plan and active lifestyle is very important for the management of your diabetes. At AHC, our clinicians can help you by spending time with you to help plan your healthy daily living with many practical, helpful suggestions and tips.
Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDEs) are registered with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. CDEs make a positive difference to the health conditions and lifestyle of people with diabetes because of their education and experience. Their main value is in their ability to empower individuals to undertake self-management; by using a client centred approach to tailor their support and education to each individual. Diabetes education is available for individuals with newly-diagnosed or pre-existing diabetes, including women with gestational diabetes.
Education is provided in the following areas:
- Diabetes pathophysiology and management
- Dietary management of diabetes
- Home blood glucose monitoring
- Medication and hypoglycaemia
- Complications prevention including foot care advice
- Stress management
- Assistance with insulin therapy