When you’re diagnosed with diabetes it can be overwhelming. Your doctor will provide you with a lot of information and ask you a number of questions, including your eating patterns, weight history, blood pressure, medications you might be taking, any family history of heart disease and any treatments you have received for other health problems. If appropriate, the doctor will ask whether you smoke or drink. If you’re a mother you may also be asked about your child or children’s health. Don't be too alarmed by these questions, your doctor isn’t prying. All of this information has a bearing on your diabetes and how to best manage it. Until a cure is found, if you have diabetes you have it for life. The good news is that by controlling your blood glucose levels you can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious health problems associated with diabetes. Bringing diabetes under control is key and there’s no one better qualified to do it than you. Taking charge of diabetes doesn’t have to be a full time job, but you do have to be mindful of it 24/7, whether you’re eating, working or going to bed. You’ll have a health care team of people to help you, including your doctor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, dietician, podiatrist and eye doctor. Ask your doctor about our new diabetic optometry service. The team approach helps you to learn all you need to know about diabetes, treatment and management.
Meet May - our credentialed Diabetes Educator
BN, GcertDiabEd, CDE
May completed her Bachelor of Nursing from the Australian Catholic University in 2013. She then entered the graduate nursing program in Epworth where she gained nursing experience in orthopaedics, preadmissions, rehabilitation, oncology and postoperative care. May also has extensive experience as a practice nurse and developed her interest in chronic disease management and preventative medicine and she went on to complete the graduate certificate of diabetes education in Mayfield College in 2016.
May is now a credential diabetes educator (CDE) and works as a diabetes educator in the community. May believes in providing diabetes education for everyone with compassion and empathy; ranging from newly diagnosed to those needing ongoing support. May is here to assist you with self-management of diabetes and achieving your personal health goals.
Language speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese
| | Your doctor will also want do a thorough physical examination, a careful look at your mouth, feet, eyes, abdomen, skin and thyroid gland (a gland at the base of your neck that releases hormones that help your body use energy) and possibly a cardiac (heart) work-up. You’ll have a range of tests, including blood-lipid test for cholesterol.
The initial assessment is important for your overall care. Your doctor will probably also introduce to you the other members of your diabetes team who will be a valuable and reliable resource for support, advice and follow-up assessments.