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 EDUCATOR
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
Assistance with insulin therapy
A healthy diet is an essential part of diabetes management as it can help to control blood glucose levels and achieve a healthy weight. It is important that any dietary advice is tailored to your individual needs. An Accredited Practising Dietitian will consider personal health and lifestyle influences and help to separate the facts from the myths surrounding diet and diabetes. At AHC, we have Dietitians who are also Credentialled Diabetes Educators, specialising in Diabetes to provide you with the best quality care.
Everybody benefits from regular exercise. In diabetes, it plays an important role in keeping you healthy. Exercise can help to control your weight, lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, relive stress and help your insulin work better which will improve your diabetes control. If you have diabetes and want to learn more about how exercise can help you, it is important that you have your condition assessed by a Physiotherapist.
Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Foot problems are a common complication of this condition. Your feet can be affected in two ways. Blood supply may be affected, resulting in slower healing. You may also lose some feeling in your feet due to nerve damage. A person whose nerves are damaged by diabetes may not realise they have minor cuts or blisters, which can lead to ulcers.
Foot problems can be avoided if you take care of your feet and act quickly when you have a problem. Get your feet checked at least once a year by a Podiatrist to detect problems early and help prevent complications.