Diabetes is a chronic condition which carries a serious risk of complications if not managed properly. But there are people who are completely unaware that they have diabetes even though they are exhibiting some or all of the symptoms. This is why it is important to receive a diagnosis sooner rather than later so that a diabetes management plan can be put in place.
Our private diabetes clinic offers a highly accessible, professional and unparalleled service which includes diagnosis, management and education of diabetes. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach, encompassing the skills and experience of various health professionals such as consultants, diabetes nurses, vascular specialists, dieticians and clinical psychologists.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease characterised by too much glucose in the blood which causes a range of symptoms such as rapid thirst, frequent trips to the toilet, blurred vision, weight loss and fatigue.
Too much glucose causes a rise in blood sugar levels, leading to a state known as ‘hyperglycaemia’ which results in those symptoms mentioned above.
But diabetics can also experience ‘hypoglycaemia’: a condition which occurs when blood sugar levels drop to dangerously low points. This causes dizziness, heart palpitations, confusion and weakness.
Both conditions occur when blood sugar levels rise or fall to extremes.
Types of diabetes
There are two types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails, for whatever reason, to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone which is vital for the normal functioning of the metabolism, breaking down glucose into energy which is used by the liver and muscles.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops at a young age, e.g. childhood and adolescence.
Type 2 diabetes develops when insufficient amounts of insulin are produced by the pancreas or the body is unable to use insulin. This is known as ‘insulin resistance’ in the latter case.
Type 2 diabetes develops after the age of 40. It is more common than Type 1 diabetes and accounts for the majority of diabetes cases in the UK.
If diabetes is not controlled it can lead to severe complications such as gangrene, blindness, heart disease, impotence and nerve damage. So it is important that you manage your condition.
Treatment for diabetes
Our diabetes clinic provides a specialised, individual service to all its patients. We work closely with you, treating both the physical and psychological aspects of diabetes, with the aim of helping you to effectively manage your condition.
We advise both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients about the efficient use of insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, how to monitor blood sugar levels, healthy eating and exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
You will receive a treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs which include insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, foot care, eyesight checks and nutritional advice.
All of this is provided by highly respected consultants who have skills and expertise in diabetes care and use these for the benefit of their patients. This takes place in state of the art facilities with access to the latest equipment and techniques.
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