Diabetes. We’ve all heard of it. Most of us even know a sufferer first-hand. But what many of us are not aware of are the real signs and symptoms of this disease.
According to Diabetes Queensland, almost 300 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every single day, but for many, “the diagnosis is being made too late putting them at risk of life threatening or serious health issues”. If you’re between 40-49 years of age, the risk is even greater.
That’s why it’s important to book in for regular checks with your local Bowral doctors at least once per year to identify any health concerns which may indicate signs of diabetes. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Here at Walker Street General Practice, we are now offering one-off health assessments to people aged 40 to 49 years with a high risk of developing chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes.
This one-off health check is provided by the Australian Government and is often assessed using the government’s AUSDRISK assessment tool. These checks typically take about 30 minutes out of your day, which, in the grand scheme of things, is no time at all.
This check is also used to test for risk of heart disease – which could even prevent a heart attack down the line.
Similarly, to manage diabetes, regular checks with your doctor are highly recommended, as without these, diabetes can lead to complications affecting the kidneys, eyes, feet, nerves and heart.
The National Diabetes Services Scheme provides an excellent checklist detailing your diabetes annual cycle of care. The list includes a blood test, blood pressure, eye examination, kidney health, medication review, BMI index, blood fats, and foot assessment as well as ways to improve physical activity, emotional health and eating habits. Please click here to download a copy of the brochure.
So how DO you identify the early signs of diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed at any age, but your risk increases if:
- You are over the age of 40.
- You are overweight.
- You have a family history of diabetes.
Shockingly, more than half a million Aussies are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. That’s why we’re urging you to pop in for a quick check up – and to encourage your family and friends to do the same. It only takes a minute.
Our friendly doctors are available at your convenience with extended consulting hours, from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. What’s more, you can now easily book an appointment online via Health Engine. Just pop over to https://www.wsgp.com.au/ and follow the prompts.