1 in 3 people with Diabetes don’t know they have it*
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar (glucose) levels. It is caused by a lack or insufficiency of insulin, a hormone which regulates the way glucose is used in your body.
In Ireland there are estimated to be about 200,000 people living with diabetes, approximately 1 in 3 of whom are unaware they have the condition.
Why should you consider getting tested?
If two or more of the following risk factors apply to you:
- Over 40yrs of age
- Overweight for your height
- Parent or Sibling with Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure/Cholesterol
- Less than 2.5 hrs exercise per week
Or if you notice any of the following symptoms
- Urinating more frequently
- Feeling very thirsty almost all the time
- Feeling very hungry even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Cuts/Bruises that are slow to heal
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurry Vision
Left untreated, diabetes can cause long-term damage to your eyesight, your kidneys, your hands and feet as well as increasing your risk of heart disease.
So what does the screening involve?
- A risk assessment questionnaire
- Waist circumference check (or BMI check if you’d prefer)
- Fingerprick blood glucose test
For further information please feel free to speak to one of our team.
* Adults 45+ Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Diabetes briefing July 2012.