Diabetes can be a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to be. Careful management is the key to living with diabetes.
Medcare understands the importance of regular monitoring with a condition such as diabetes. Patients may not know how to manage the illness by themselves and may feel overwhelmed after diagnosis. Therefore we introduced our diabetes plan to help you manage your diabetes.
This plan gives members access to all the specialist checks and services that are vital for the successful control of diabetes, at an affordable price.
Diabetes Plan members will receive help and advice on monitoring their condition, making lifestyle changes and controlling their medication. The diabetes plan will cover all aspects of health care including medical issues, foot care, nutrition and eye care – all provided by a team of specialists.
At Medcare you are in safe hands. We offer a full 360 degree approach to diabetes, from initial diagnosis through to year round tests and monitoring. You are never on your own as a Medcare patient!
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood.
Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.
What are the warning signs for diabetes?
Sometimes type 2 diabetes can develop without any warnings signs. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes and determined if you should be tested.
Common warnings signs of diabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger (especially after eating)
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination or urine infections
- Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Blurred vision
- Diabetic coma (loss of consciousness)
If you have any of the above mentioned warnings signs of diabetes, give Medcare a call and schedule a diabetes test.
Medcare diabetes care is delivered in accordance with the UK diabetes national service framework, which is designed for optimal care..
The most important step is to make an appointment. Whether you suspect you might be displaying symptoms of diabetes or have already been diagnosed but are unsure as to how to monitor yourself and control your diet. Medcare’s highly experienced Doctor and Nurse team, Dr Hussain and Nurse Susan McCrossan are available to help with any questions and doubts you have and tests you might need. They will put you on the right path and ease your worries.
See more about the Diabetes Plan here.
You can see here the best and worst foods for diabetes to help you with your management.
Download our useful Diabetes Guide here.