Close to 9000 Geelong people may have diabetesJuly 5 2014
Diabetes is a condition of chronically elevated blood glucose levels. The incidence of diabetes is growing rapidly and particularly in the Geelong region. The numbers are growing with the most recent figures in 2008 indicating close to 9000 people in the Geelong region had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Early detection for people with type 2 Diabetes is ideal and a major focus of Diabetes Week which runs 13-19th July.
Some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes are
- Increased thirst
- Going to the toilet more frequently either during the day or at night
- Tired – can’t stay awake, always finding an excuse to fall asleep
- Blurred vision
- Sweet smell on your breath
- These symptoms are seen in all types however people who develop type 1 diabetes may have a significant weight loss, vomiting, and loss of appetite, develop a fever or become unconscious.
If people feel they are showing the signs and symptoms of diabetes they should visit their regular GP.
Early detection for people with type 2 Diabetes is ideal and a major focus of the upcoming diabetes week which runs 13-19thJuly. Type 2 DM takes time to develop and therefore people who are at risk need to be screened. There is an online tool that people can use if they feel they may be suffering the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes it is called the AUSDRISK assessment and can be found using the link www.ausdrisk.com.au or www.checkmyrisk.org.au
For more information regarding Diabetes or any of our other wonderful services call into The Cottage Medical Centre – 222 Torquay Rd, Grovedale or phone: 03 5241 6129 to book an appointment.