Diabetes GP appointments, bulk-billed.
All .doctor appointments are fully bulk billed, so you can see a doctor about treating Diabetes with no out-of-pocket costs.
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You can talk to your doctor in a bulk-billed video or phone consult about a script or repeat prescription. If a script is required, an eScript will be sent instantly to your mobile phone or your preferred pharmacy.
We fully bulk-bill all appointments, so you’ll never pay out-of-pocket to see a GP. You just need to attend one in-person Onboarding Appointment every 12 months to maintain your .doctor family membership.
Understanding Diabetes and treatment options.
At .doctor, we pride ourselves on providing easily accessible, high-quality healthcare solutions. We’re here to help you understand and manage diabetes. While diabetes is a serious condition, with the right management plan, you can lead a healthy life.
Diabetes is a long-term health condition affecting millions of people around the globe, including many Australians. It’s a condition where the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
Two main types of diabetes are most common:
Type 1 diabetes: An autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with this type of diabetes are insulin-dependent and must inject insulin regularly.
Type 2 diabetes: This is the most common type and occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin. It’s often associated with lifestyle factors like poor diet, lack of exercise, and being overweight.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Typical symptoms of diabetes may include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased hunger
- Blurry vision
- Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional immediately.
Causes of Diabetes
While the exact cause of diabetes varies with the type, generally, it’s linked to your genes and environmental factors. For Type 1 diabetes, the exact cause is unknown, but it’s thought that an autoimmune reaction may be involved.
In contrast, Type 2 diabetes is associated with lifestyle factors, such as obesity, physical inactivity, and a poor diet, though genetics also play a role.
Diagnosis of Diabetes
At Dot.Doctor, we’re equipped to help you diagnose diabetes via a series of tests. These can include:
Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) test: This blood test indicates your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.
Fasting blood sugar test: This is a blood test taken after an overnight fast.
Oral glucose tolerance test: This test involves drinking a sugary liquid and testing your blood sugar levels periodically over the next two hours.
Treatment Options for Diabetes
The treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood sugar levels as near to normal as possible to prevent health complications. This may include:
Insulin therapy: This is necessary for all people with type 1 diabetes and some with type 2.
Oral or other medications: Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their condition with healthy eating, exercise, and oral medication.
Healthy lifestyle: A healthy diet and regular exercise can help manage blood sugar levels and weight.
Regular monitoring: Regular blood sugar testing can help you keep your blood sugar levels in your target range.
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More than just treatment for diabetes.
When you join the .doctor family we create a health profile for you which our GPs all refer to and update. So each time you interact with us we’ll keep a record.
This allows our GPs to give you the best advice every time – more than just treatment for diabetes.
Ready to access unlimited bulk billed GP consults?
Schedule a time for your in-person Onboarding Appointment so you can gain access to unlimited bulk-billed video consults for the next 12 months.