Focus on diabetes
Identify the risks, know the signs, find out more next 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.