DO YOU KNOW YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES?
ARE CURRENTLY LIVING WITH DIABETES. ABOUT 1.7 MILLION AUSTRALIAN
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.