Fo­cus on di­a­betes

Iden­tify the risks, know the signs, find out more next week

Central and North Burnett Times - - DIABETES WEEK -

WITH two mil­lion Aus­tralians at risk of Type II di­a­betes, Guardian Phar­ma­cies are of­fer­ing free blood pres­sure and blood su­gar tests dur­ing Di­a­betes Week next week.

Phar­ma­cist Stephanie Tucker said in the most com­mon form of di­a­betes, the body ei­ther doesn’t pro­duce enough in­sulin, or doesn’t ef­fec­tively use the in­sulin pro­duced.

Where in­sulin isn’t con­vert­ing glu­cose (su­gar) from food into en­ergy, blood su­gar lev­els would be high.

“Blood su­gar lev­els can be checked in store or with a doc­tor,” Ms Tucker said.

“This gives a snapshot of blood sug­ars at that time.

“If blood sug­ars are high, staff will dis­cuss the risk fac­tors with you.”

Risk fac­tors for di­a­betes in­clude fam­ily his­tory, be­ing over­weight, poor diet and ex­er­cise.

Un­con­trolled di­a­betes is a chronic con­di­tion that of­ten goes hand-in-hand with high blood pres­sure and kid­ney prob­lems, Ms Tucker said.

Guardian Phar­ma­cies also of­fer Kid­ney Check, a world-first exclusive pro­gram, fully sup­ported by the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion.

The sim­ple test can be used at home, and if protein lev­els are high a con­sul­ta­tion with a doc­tor is rec­om­mended, she said.

Those con­cerned about their health are wel­come to visit Guardian Phar­ma­cies for ad­vice and sup­port.

Sup­port­ers of the Na­tional Di­a­betes Ser­vices Scheme, staff of­fer ed­u­ca­tion, as needed, in how to use blood glu­cose me­ters and med­i­ca­tion from tablets to in­sulin in­jec­tions.

For additional ad­vice and sup­port, please con­sult your lo­cal GP, or NDSS ed­u­ca­tor who vis­its Gayn­dah Hospi­tal once a month.


DI­A­BETES WEEK: Phar­ma­cist Stephanie Tucker and Leah Roth with glu­cose blood me­ters used by di­a­bet­ics and the­world-first Kid­neyCheck kit.

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