One in three Canadians is living with diabetes or prediabetes (Diabetes Canada, 2019). Prediabetes means that blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not yet at levels that would be diagnosed as type II diabetes. Almost 6 million Canadians have prediabetes. Taking steps to manage your blood sugar early on can reduce the risk that it could develop into Type II diabetes. (Diabetes Canada 2020)
Type II diabetes is a disease in which your body either cannot make enough insulin, or does not properly use the insulin it makes. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood. If your body can’t use its insulin properly, glucose builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy and can lead to serious health complications. (Diabetes Canada 2020)
Patients can receive treatment and make lifestyle changes that will slow the progression of the disease, can reduce or eliminate some symptoms, improve the quality and length of their lives.
Meet with our Chronic Disease Management Nurses or Dieticians to learn more about prediabetes or Type II diabetes and ways to manage your condition at home.
Diabetes consultations are designed to support patients at risk for Diabetes and those with controlled Type II Diabetes. An initial assessment may be completed by the Nurse Specialist and/or Dietitian
- Initial assessment and ongoing evaluation/treatment of condition
- Individualized education about the disease process, self-management strategies (e.g. recognizing highs and lows, healthy eating, the importance of exercise, etc.)
- Assistance getting started with testing your own blood sugars or taking injections
- Information about treatment options, medication review and dose adjustments in coordination with Physician or Healthcare Provider
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT:
- To access this service, please contact the Family Health Team at 519-843-3947 or ask your primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) for more information.