Diabetes consultation

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (sugar) level in the blood is too high. It develops when your body cannot make enough of a hormone called insulin, or when you cannot use the insulin your body produces. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can lead to serious damage to the body.  

Complications include: 

  • blindness
  • kidney failure 
  • heart disease
  • stroke 
  • limb amputation.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • itchiness
  • blurred vision
  • weight loss 
  • increased thirst 
  • frequent urination 
  • tiredness
  • leg cramps.
Talk with your doctor or nurse if you notice any of these symptoms.

Are you at risk of diabetes?
Your risk of diabetes increases if you:
  • are European and aged over 40 
  • are Maori, Asian, Middle Eastern or Pacific Island aged over 30
  • have a family history of diabetes
  • are overweight 
  • have high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs/4 kg
  • had gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • have had an impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
Annual diabetes check-up

The Ministry of Health runs a health project encouraging people with diabetes to get one free check up per year.

Talk to your doctor or nurse at any one of our clinics to see if you are eligible.