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
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?
Our pharmacy teams are here to help.
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