Understanding Diabetes

A guide for Perth residents living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and support, you can effectively manage your condition and lead a healthy life. At Vitalia Healthcare, we understand the impact that chronic disease can have on individuals and their families living here in Perth, Western Australia.

In this guide, we will provide you with essential information about understanding diabetes, types, symptoms, management strategies, and local resources to support you in your diabetes journey. Fortunately, we have Dr Kate Schilling who specialises in Diabetes and ADHD assessments) – so we can help.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. There are different types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

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Each type of diabetes has its own characteristics and management approaches.

There are 3 types: understanding diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. It occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Individuals with type 1 diabetes require insulin injections or an insulin pump to manage their blood sugar levels.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, typically developing in adulthood. It occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels effectively. Lifestyle modifications, such as healthy eating, regular physical activity, and sometimes medication, are recommended.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and affects the way the body processes glucose. While it usually resolves after childbirth, women with this type have an increased risk of developing type 2 later in life. Proper management during pregnancy is essential to ensure the health of both the mother and the baby.


Recognizing the early signs is crucial for early intervention and effective management. Common symptoms include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

Managing and Understanding Diabetes here in Perth, WA

Living with diabetes requires a comprehensive management approach. Vitalia Healthcare offer a range of services and support for residents of Riverton, Willetton, Parkwood and Perth to help you effectively manage the disease. Book an appointment to see Dr Kate Schilling who will be able to help you manage your diabetes.

Personalised care

Our experienced healthcare professionals will work closely with you to develop an individualised diabetes management plan. This plan may include regular check-ups, blood sugar monitoring, medication management, and lifestyle modifications.


We provide educational resources and programs to help you better understand your condition. We will cover topics such as healthy eating, exercise, medication management, and blood sugar monitoring techniques.

Allied health services

We have access to a network of allied health professionals who specialise in diabetes care, including dietitians, diabetes educators, and exercise physiologists. These services can complement your medical treatment and provide additional support.

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Vitalia Healthcare will work with you to help develop a pro-active diabetes management plan

Perth people living with diabetes require proactive management, local assistance and ongoing support. Vitalia Healthcare is committed to providing comprehensive care and support. By understanding the different types of diabetes, recognising symptoms, and accessing local WA resources, you can take control of your diabetes and lead a fulfilling life.

Contact us today by calling (08) 6559 4788 or schedule an appointment and begin your journey towards optimal diabetes management.

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