DPV Health Endocrinology Services
Endocrinology services now available at DPV Health Medical Centre in Mill Park
If you are having complications or difficulty managing your diabetes our Endocrinology service can help. Endocrinologists use a wide range of treatments to help you with difficult-to-control diabetes. They can provide you with their expertise, tools, and resources specific to your individual symptoms and condition. Exploring all your options will help you determine the best management plan and achieve the highest quality of life.
DPV Health’s Endocrinologists often work as a team with other diabetes specialists including dieticians, nurse educators, and exercise physiologists who help address every aspect of diabetes, which can be a very complicated problem to manage.
This is a bulk billed service and will require a current referral from your doctor.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a health condition in which your body has difficulty converting glucose (a type of sugar) into energy. This leads to high levels of sugar in the blood (hyperglycaemia).
Your blood glucose levels are normally controlled by a hormone called insulin, which converts glucose into energy. Diabetes occurs when your pancreas can’t produce insulin or when your body can’t make use of the insulin because it’s grown resistant to it.
There are several types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes occurs when a person’s own immune system breaks down the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s cells do not respond effectively to insulin or lose the ability to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. This causes glucose to stay in the blood, leading to a higher-than-normal level of glucose in the body.
- Gestational diabetes occurs when a woman experiences high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. It usually goes away after the baby is born. Women who experience gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Common symptoms of diabetes include:
- excessive thirst or hunger
- passing more urine than usual
- feeling tired and lethargic
- unexplained weight loss (for type 1), or gradual weight gain (for type 2)
- having cuts that heal slowly
- itchy skin or skin infections
- blurred vision
Type 1 diabetes is usually spotted quickly, since symptoms can appear suddenly. Most people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed before the age of 19.
Many people with type 2 diabetes, however, don’t have symptoms at all or have signs that go unnoticed for a long time.