Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has
high blood sugar, either due to the body producing too much or not
enough insulin. Some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes present
as always being tired, crave extra liquids, frequent urination,
numbness and tingling of feet, always hungry and unexplained weight
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board's diabetes service is
based at Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals and will provide you with
specialist medical, nursing and dietetic assessment, treatment and
care. This is to ensure the best management of your diabetes and
promote self-management where possible.
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes is less common than Type
2. This is a result of when the body does not produce enough
or fails to produce insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% or more of
those with diabetes. This is a result of insulin resistance,
which is when cells fail to use insulin properly.
Both of these types of diabetes can cause serious health problems
if the blood sugars are not "controlled" i.e. kept as normal as
- Gestational diabetes is when pregnant women,
who have never had diabetes before have high blood glucose levels
February 22, 2016