SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

Diabetes

A large number of people living in our region have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - 3.2% of people in Hobsons Bay and 4.3% in Wyndham.

Most medical support to people with Type 2 diabetes is provided by General Practitioners. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition and requires the input from several healthcare professionals, such as the GP, Specialist Physician, Diabetes Educator, Podiatrist, Dietitian, Ophthalmologist or Optometrist, exercise professional or Dentist, plus the active participation of the patient.

Type 2 diabetes can result in disability and early death.

It is recommended that every 3 years all adults over the age of 40 be screened to identify those at risk of having undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes or of developing the disease in the next 5 years.

People at high risk should be screened by measuring plasma glucose, performed by a pathology laboratory.

Who is at high risk?

  • People with impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose
  • Indigenous people over 35
  • Pacific Islanders
  • People from the Indian subcontinent
  • People of Chinese origin

Also people aged 40 who have one or more of the following risk factors

  • Obesity BMI greater than 30kg/m2
  • Hypertension
  • People with clinical cardiovascular disease
  • Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are obese
  • Antipsychotic drug usage

 

Guidelines for Healthcare professionals click here 
Population based tool AUSDRISK click here

 

Please contact Lauren Davidson for more information [email protected] or call 8731 6518

For practice support  on Diabetes please contact Michel Maalouf [email protected] or call 8731 6515