Condition in spotlight
Pharmacy urges people to assess risk factors during Diabetes Awareness Week
Decreasing risk factors and following a healthy lifestyle are the best way to decrease your chances.
WITH more than 100,000 Australians developing diabetes in the past year, Monto Pharmacy has joined the nationwide Diabetes Week campaign to raise awareness about the nation’s fastest growing chronic condition.
Despite its rapid spread, up to half of the cases of Type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
“Diabetes is marked by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood and occurs when the body is unable to maintain normal blood sugar levels,” Kate Ryan, of Monto Pharmacy, said.
“This can occur when a person no longer produces insulin, in Type 1 diabetes, or doesn’t produce enough or respond well enough to insulin, in Type 2 diabetes.”
People with uncontrolled diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, circulation problems, lower limb amputations, nerve damage and damage to the kidneys and eyesight, Mrs Ryan said.
Despite these worrying outcomes, it’s estimated 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
“Decreasing risk factors and following a healthy lifestyle are the best way to
Kate Ryan, Monto Pharmacy
decrease your chances,” Mrs Ryan said.
“Regular reviews with a doctor are important for ensuring best health outcomes.”
Monto Pharmacy is an agent for the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
The NDSS delivers some diabetes related products at subsidised prices and provides information and support services to people with diabetes.
Registration is free and open to all Australians diagnosed with diabetes.
National DiabetesWeek is the perfect reminder to take a few moments to assess your risk of diabetes, or if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, to make sure your condition and other risk factors are under control.
The team at Monto Pharmacy will be more than happy to assist you.
DSTAY HEALTHY: Diabetes is marked by a high levels of sugar.