August – Diabetes

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In this post we will provide you with some very useful information about “Diabetes”, including a yummy recipe!


Diabetes – A condition which means that the sugar (glucose) in your body is not being used properly.

There are 2 types of diabetes:

  1. Type I – Usually affecting younger people. Cause – Destruction of cells which produce insulin.
  2. Type II – Usually affecting an older age group, or those with a higher body mass index (BMI). Cause – Less insulin produced by the body.

Do you notice any of these symptoms, which may indicate Type II Diabetes:

  • Tiredness – Thirst Increased – Increased Hunger
  • Itchy Skin – Poor Healing of Wounds – Increased Infections
  • Tingling Feet – Need to Urinate Frequently

How Can We Help?

Doctors will arrange for specific tests to be performed to determine whether you have diabetes. You will have a follow-up consultation to discuss the results. A plan will be devised for treatment, including: medication, lifestyle adjustments, referral to a Specialist etc.
You will be contact by the surgery for regular reviews, which will be carried out by both the nurses and the Doctor.

We are happy to discuss any concerns.

Mixed Bean And Pancetta Soup


  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g pancetta, rind trimmed, finely diced
  • 1 x 400g can low salt diced tomatoes
  • 750mL (3 cups) water
  • 1 x 400g can Four Bean Mix, drained
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 2tbsp diced fresh continental parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large heave-based saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring for 6 mins or until soft. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the pancetta is crisp.
  2. Add tomato and water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook, partially covered, for 15 mins. Add beans and cook, partially covered, for 10 mins.
  3. Add baby spinach and cook, stirring, for 1-2 mins. Season with pepper
  4. Ladle soup among serving bowls. Top with the parsley.

Hello From The Nurses Desk

We hope that you find the information about diabetes useful.

We would like to remind you that the “Flu Season” is still with us and flu vaccines are still available. Free for those over 65, with chronic diseases or pregnant.

We look forward to meeting you over this coming few months, especially those new patients that attend our Practice.