About Diabetes

I’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes – what happens now?

Being diagnosed with any long-term illness can be stressful and overwhelming. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it is only natural that you may feel worried. But know that when diabetes is well managed, you can continue to lead a normal, healthy life.1 And the good news is, there is so much you can do to help take charge of your diabetes. In this article, we summarise the next steps after a diagnosis of diabetes.

The diagnosis

Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed using one or more blood tests.1 If the blood tests show that your blood glucose levels are high, your healthcare professional – most likely your GP – will diagnose you with diabetes (or pre-diabetes).

Other tests and examinations

Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your GP will want to gather more information to help determine the best possible management for your diabetes and overall care. This will include taking a detailed medical history, a physical examination, and possibly other tests.2

  • Your GP will likely ask you a number of questions, about 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.2
  • Your GP will also want to do a detailed physical exam, including a careful look at your mouth, feet, eyes, abdomen, skin and thyroid gland.2
  • A few additional tests and examinations may be done by your GP, including tests for cholesterol, blood pressure and possibly a heart check.

Introduction to a diabetes management plan and team

There are many components to managing diabetes, so there could be several healthcare professionals involved in your management plan (a plan of care for your diabetes), for example, a dietitian and a diabetes educator.

Your doctor will likely introduce (or refer) you to the other members of your diabetes healthcare team and also start to discuss a personalised management plan with you.

Remember, managing diabetes is a team effort, and you are the captain! Your healthcare team will be there to help you decide on the best management strategies, but at the end of the day, you are the best person to manage your diabetes on a daily basis.

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Information about diabetes

After a diagnosis, your healthcare team will likely provide you with lots of information about diabetes, any medications you may need, and other strategies to help manage your diabetes.
So much information can be overwhelming, but your healthcare team will likely provide you with resources you can take home and look at in your own time. Other reliable sources for information about diabetes are the Diabetes Australia website and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) website.

If you have any questions or concerns, ask your healthcare team – remember, they are there to help.

References

  1. National Diabetes Services Scheme. Understanding type 2 diabetes. Available at: https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/8948f94d-9ebe-4f04-83df-558dfb555205.pdf. Accessed 28 October 2018.
  2. Diabetes Australia. Just been diagnosed? Available at: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/just-been-diagnosed. Accessed 28 October 2018.