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In Ireland it is estimated that there are 190,000 (5.6%) of the Irish population with diabetes (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2007). Approximately 30,000 (15%) of these people do not have Type 2 diabetes, but either have Type 1 diabetes, or genetic or secondary causes of diabetes. The remaining 160,000 (85%) patients have Type 2 diabetes. A significant proportion of these patients (20-30%) remain undiagnosed. It is expected that the number of people with Type 2 diabetes will increase by 60% over the next 10-15 years.
Diabetes mellitus is a complex condition that has a profound impact on the quality of life of people living with the condition and on the health services as a whole.
People with diabetes also run a greater risk of developing one or more severe health complications, which can greatly impact on their independence, quality of life and economic contribution to society.
Our lead practice nurse oversees the management and recall of all practice diabetic patients. Sufficient consultation time is given to each patient to allow for nurse/patient discussion, tests, review of relevant information and patient referral if needed. We offer quarterly review appointments to all of our diabetic patients. It is important for all patients to attend their follow up consultations.