Chronic Disease Management


Diabetes Risk Assessments & Management

The doctors at Thornlands Surgery provide education in diabetes prevention, diagnosis and advice in the management of diabetes.

Some forms of diabetes can be controlled through diet and exercise while other forms will require medication such as Insulin. The most common types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2.

If you are experiencing any or a combination of the following symptoms, which may relate to diabetes, please discuss with your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands, legs or feet
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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas is not producing enough insulin and the insulin is not working effectively.

  • Represents 85 to 90 per cent of all cases of diabetes
  • Risk factors include family history, being overweight and ethnic background
  • Lifestyle factors such as unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, more young people, and even children, are being diagnosed.

Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes

Risk factors you cannot change:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Risk factors you can change:

  • Maintaining healthy weight making lifestyle changes by following a healthy eating plan and doing a regular physical activity and having regular health checks.

If you like to ascertain your risk of Type 2 Diabetes we recommend you have Diabetes evaluation at our practice. The evaluations, known as an Annual Diabetic Cycle of Care Plan and a Six Monthly Review of Care Plan, will take place with the assistance of our nurse and will be finalised with a standard doctor’s consultation.

The evaluations will involve:

  • Body Mass Index measurement, blood pressure and general physical exam
  • Family history and dietary review
  • Assessment of lifestyle risk factors

If you feel you may be at risk of diabetes and to find out more about Diabetes Treatment i, please contact Thornlands Surgery.

Asthma Management

Our doctors can provide information, education and treatment for patients who suffer from asthma to help increase the patient’s quality of life.

Asthma is caused by the narrowing of the airways in the lungs, and symptoms can include wheezing, coughing (particularly at night), chest tightness, difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath. Asthma is a treatable health condition. Although at present there is no cure, with good management, people with asthma may lead normal, active lives.

Please discuss with your doctor the best way to manage your asthma and ensure that you discuss any concerns. For further information, please refer the National Asthma Council Australia website.

Chronic Disease Care Plans

Thornlands surgery has experienced post-graduate qualified General Practitioners to manage chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression.

They are aware of the currently available management guidelines and Care Plans offered by the Government to assist in these areas. Referrals to Allied Health Practitioners can be arranged to improve health care. When booking an appointment to see any Allied Health Practitioner please ask regarding the cost of the consultation.

 

The availability of on-site Pathology and Allied Health Services enhances our experienced Doctors’ ability to manage any chronic disease.



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