Diabetes Clinic at Parkside Medical Centre
Diabetes is a condition in which the blood glucose (sugar) levels become too high. This may be caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin or because the cells in the body do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Insulin is a hormone that stops blood sugar from getting too high.
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes it is important to reduce the blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as all the cells in the body can be damaged by high glucose levels. Diabetes can put you at higher risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, eye, kidneys and nerve damage.
You be will invited to attend the diabetic clinic at the surgery at least twice a year where you will have blood tests and a foot examination. All aspects of diabetes will be discussed and support will be given for you to manage your diabetes. You will have the opportunity to discuss your diet and lifestyle. You may also be prescribed tablets to help reduce the glucose levels. Some people will need insulin injections. You will also be referred to the hospital for retinal screening once a year.
Useful Information & Advice
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a Long-term Condition (Chronic) caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Download your Guide to Diabetes Leaflet.
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 DM – Type 1 Diabetes Leaflet.
- Type 2 DM – Type 2 Diabetes Leaflet.
- Gestational Diabetes (Diabetes in pregnancy) – Gestational Diabetes Leaflet
What happens when I am diagnosed with Diabetes?
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to make sure that the sugar levels in your blood remains LOW as high blood sugar damages ALL cells in your body leading to severe complications.
Your doctor will refer you to have an annual eye check up with the National Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic and be seen in our Diabetic Clinic.
You should start changing your lifestyle immediately by:
- Stop Smoking
See our smoking counsellor who can help you beat the habit.
- Stop Drinking Alcohol
Diabetes UK – Alcohol and Blood Sugar
- STOP eating lots of sugary foods
Carbohydrate content in common foods Leaflet
Carbohydrate counting diet sheet Leaflet
Healthy Eating with Diabetes Leaflet
Food Labelling Leaflet
Diabetes UK – NHS Diet Advice
Diabetes UK – Recipes
- Do more Exercise
Patient UK – Diabetes Diet & Exercise
- Lose Weight
Diabetes UK – Weight Loss
Weight Management Weight Management Clinic
- Control your Blood Pressure
Diabetes and Blood Pressure patient decision aid Leaflet
Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Leaflet
- Take Care of your Feet
Diabetes and Foot Care Leaflet
10 Steps towards Healthy feet
Hypoglycaemia (too low Blood glucose)
Sometimes the diabetic treatment that you are on may make your blood glucose go too low (hypoglycaemia) this can make you feel hungry, trembling or shaking and sweating. In more severe cases you may become confused and have difficulty concentrating. You and your family and friends should be aware of these symptoms and make sure you treat yourself immediately, see the information below.
- MK Diabetes Care
- Diabetes NHS Choices
- Diabetes UK
- Diabetes Research Wellness Foundation
- My Life Diabetes Care
- Early Bird Diabetes Trust
- Independent Diabetes Trust
- Diabetes and Driving Leaflet
- Diabetes and Traveling Leaflet
- Find your local DAFNE course to help manage your diabetes if you are Type 1 on insulin
- Find your local DESMOND course to learn more about managing your diabetes
- Health talk online
Videos from NHS Choices
Parents describe how they deal with a diabetic child including daily routines such as insulin injections and how children can life live to the full.
A consultant ophthalmologist describes how diabetes can affect your vision and the possible treatments.