Our Advice

Diabetes is characterised by persistently high blood sugar levels, it generally falls into one of two types:

Type I Diabetes - the body cannot produce its own insulin (the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar) and must be treated with insulin from an external source, e.g. from an injection or a pump. People will usually develop this form of diabetes early in life and the condition is lifelong.

Type II Diabetes – the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or resists the effects of insulin. Often described as ‘Adult Onset Diabetes’ many factors influence its development including family history and lifestyle. Around 5% of people in Ireland are living with diabetes but 1 in 3 don’t know it.

Up to 58% of Type 2 diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented through a healthy lifestyle and at Hickey’s Pharmacy, we are here to help. If you are worried about developing diabetes and want some advice on how to reduce your risk, why not avail of our Diabetes Screening Service?

Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes means that you will have to take extra good care of your health to manage the condition and to avoid complications such as heart attack, stroke and damage to the eyes, kidneys and nerve endings. These complications can occur due to damage to large and small blood vessels in the body over time. Tips to avoid worsening any complications from diabetes include:

  • Keep your diabetes under control by taking your medication and following dietary advice
  • Be active and maintain a healthy weight
  • Ensure your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol are under good control
  • Do not smoke
  • Get advice from your GP/pharmacist/diabetic clinic on all the above

Am I at risk of Diabetes?

Known risk factors include:

  • Being over 40 years old
  • BMI >25
  • Having high blood pressure / cholesterol
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Participate in less than 2.5 hours of exercise per week
  • You are of African - American, Caribbean or South Asian ethnicity

Symptom Check

Diabetes is considered a ‘silent disease’ as symptoms are often slow to develop, despite the fact a person may suffer from elevated sugar levels (known as Pre-Diabetes) for up to two years before diagnosis.

Signs to look out for:

  • Increased thirst and frequent urination - particularly at night
  • Increased hunger accompanied by weight loss
  • Tiredness -Poor wound healing and bruising
  • Frequent infections, mainly urinary tract or thrush
  • Deteriorated or blurred vision

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