Diabetes Screening

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

Advice

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.