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

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How do we test for diabetes?

In our Diabetes test we are screening for type 2 diabetes because patients with type 2 diabetes are more likely to go undetected. Firstly, we will do a risk assessment questionnaire. Our pharmacist will measure your waist circumference or will do a BMI check, depending on your preference. The last step is a blood glucose test.

Type 1 diabetes usually appears in Childhood and has a more sudden and severe onset of symptoms. Any child presenting with any symptoms of diabetes will be referred immediately to their GP for further tests.

Why is a diabetes test important?

Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause long-term damage to your eyesight, your kidneys, your hands and feet as well as increasing your risk of heart disease.

When should you consider getting tested for type 2 diabetes?

If two or more of the following risk factors apply to you:

  • You are over 40 years of age
  • You are overweight for your height
  • You have a parent or a sibling with Diabetes
  • You have High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol
  • You exercise less than 2.5 hrs per week.

Also, irrespective of risk factors you should get tested if you any experience symptoms of Diabetes such as:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty almost all the time
  • Hungry even though you are eating.
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Unexplained weight loss or blurry vision

Where Is This Service Available

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are operating at reduced capacity for pharmacy services. Please contact the store directly for more information.

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