DO YOU KNOW YOUR RISK OF DE­VEL­OP­ING DI­A­BETES?

ARE CUR­RENTLY LIV­ING WITH DI­A­BETES. ABOUT 1.7 MIL­LION AUS­TRALIAN

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With it be­ing so preva­lent in our so­ci­ety, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand your risk of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease.

Di­a­betes re­sults in high blood glu­cose lev­els due to the im­paired abil­ity of the hor­mone in­sulin in the body.

There are three kinds: Type 1, Type 2 and ges­ta­tional di­a­betes.

Type 1 di­a­betes is an un­pre­ventable au­toim­mune dis­ease.

It oc­curs when the im­mune sys­tem de­stroys the in­sulin-pro­duc­ing cells of the pan­creas.

Un­like Type 1 di­a­betes, Type 2 di­a­betes is a pro­gres­sive dis­ease in which the body doesn’t pro­duce enough in­sulin in the pan­creas and be­comes re­sis­tant and doesn’t work ef­fi­ciently.

This re­sults from a com­bi­na­tion of life­style and ge­netic fac­tors.

Your risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes is in­creased when as­so­ci­ated with the fol­low­ing life­style fac­tors: high blood pres­sure, be­ing over­weight or obese, in­ad­e­quate phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and poor diet.

WHAT CAN BE A SIGN/SYMP­TOM?

Un­ex­pected weight loss can be a sign of Type 1 di­a­betes while a sign for Type 2 is weight gain.

Other symp­toms can in­clude: ex­ces­sive thirst, in­creased uri­na­tion, tired­ness, chronic hunger, blurred vi­sion and wounds that don’t heal.

WHAT ARE THE COM­PLI­CA­TIONS AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH DI­A­BETES?

Po­ten­tial com­pli­ca­tions from Type 1 and 2 in­clude kid­ney dis­ease, in­creased risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, foot prob­lems, limb am­pu­ta­tion, blind­ness and re­nal dis­ease.

HOW CAN I PRE­VENT OR MAN­AGE DI­A­BETES?

Eat­ing a well-bal­anced, healthy diet is es­sen­tial to en­sure blood glu­cose lev­els are sta­ble.

Ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly is also im­por­tant to as­sist in low­er­ing blood pres­sure and pro­mote ef­fec­tive in­sulin pro­duc­tion.

For those al­ready di­ag­nosed, reg­u­lar self-mon­i­tor­ing of blood glu­cose con­cen­tra­tions are vi­tal to en­sure tight gly­caemic con­trol.

WHAT CAN PRICE­LINE PHAR­MACY DO TO HELP?

Here at Price­line Phar­macy we are pas­sion­ate about the health and well be­ing of our cus­tomers.

Our phamacists are fully trained to pro­vide Di­a­betes Health Checks.

Dur­ing your ap­point­ment you will learn your risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes, strate­gies to help pre­vent the dis­ease as well as gen­eral health in­for­ma­tion.

For those al­ready di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, you are also en­cour­aged to make an ap­point­ment to dis­cuss ways to im­prove liv­ing with your con­di­tion.

At Price­line Phar­macy we are agents for the Na­tional Di­a­betes Ser­vice Scheme (NDSS).

We also are cur­rently pro­vid­ing a free blood glu­cose me­ter up­grade for el­i­gi­ble pa­tients.

To find out more, come in and have a chat with one of our friendly team mem­bers or call your clos­est store.

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