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QEII supports patients with diabetes in hospital and home

13 July 2017

Diabetes Nurse Educator Petra Jung has helped hundreds of QEII Hospital patients and community members self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications or readmissions to hospital.

This Diabetes Awareness Week, Ms Jung said it was essential for everyone to be able to recognise the early signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

“If you have severe fatigue, are always thirsty, find yourself passing urine more frequently, have blurred vision or have frequent infections, you should visit your GP and ask to be tested,” she said.

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia that if not managed correctly could result in severe complications such as blindness or amputation and for many people managing the condition can be confusing.

“If someone is first diagnosed in QEII hospital, with type 1 or type 2, I explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to manage the condition. Often people are in denial at first and need a lot of support and guidance,” she said.

Ms Jung also supported patients at home as part of QEII Hospital’s Diabetes Insulin Dose Adjustment Program.

“Blood glucose levels can fluctuate when you are feeling stressed or anxious. And it can sometimes be hard for people to manage their levels or know when they need to take that next step and see a doctor or other health professional,” she said.  

“Patients call or email me directly and I can answer any questions and help them monitor and track their blood sugar levels.

“I empower patients to self-manage their diabetes through motivation, knowledge and support. But because of my training I can also recognise when someone might need to see other health professionals and can help people address issues early before they develop into something even more serious.” 

Ms Jung said like most diseases or chronic conditions, early detection was vital.

“While type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition and you might be able to delay medication with healthy eating, exercise and by losing weight,” she said.

“Eventually it may be necessary to start medication with type 2 and I’m here to support people with that along with other health professionals.”

Last updated 13 July 2017
Last reviewed 13 July 2017

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