A Dose of Ad­vice

A Dose of Ad­vice is a reg­u­lar Q&A se­ries that fea­tures trusted Guardian® and I.D.A.® phar­ma­cists from com­mu­ni­ties all across Canada. This edi­tion fea­tures Paul Tel­lier, phar­ma­cist-owner at Tel­lier Guardian® Phar­macy in Bon­nyville, Al­berta.

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Dear Paul: When my doc­tor told me I had pre­di­a­betes, it was a real wake-up call. How do I pre­vent it from de­vel­op­ing into type 2 di­a­betes?

It’s im­por­tant to take your pre­di­a­betes con­di­tion se­ri­ously—re­search shows that some long-term com­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with di­a­betes, such as nerve dam­age and heart dis­ease, may start dur­ing pre­di­a­betes. Type 2 di­a­betes de­vel­ops over time, so it’s crit­i­cal to keep cer­tain risk fac­tors un­der con­trol, such as high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol lev­els and be­ing over­weight. By re­duc­ing your risk fac­tors, along with in­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, adopt­ing a healthy diet and care­fully mon­i­tor­ing your blood sugar, you can avoid fu­ture com­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with di­a­betes.

For pre­di­a­betes, your doc­tor may pre­scribe med­i­ca­tion to keep your blood sugar lev­els un­der con­trol. This can seem daunt­ing at first, but your lo­cal Guardian® or I.D.A.® phar­ma­cist is there to help. We can help you un­der­stand your treat­ment and give you tips on how to rec­og­nize when your blood sugar gets too low. We can also help you with prac­ti­cal, ev­ery­day things, like how to use a glu­come­ter. We’re happy to an­swer any ques­tions you may have—all you have to do is ask!

Dear Paul: How do I man­age my di­a­betes when I’m trav­el­ling?

Don’t let di­a­betes stop you from liv­ing the life you want. Trav­el­ling with di­a­betes is to­tally doable—as long as you plan and pre­pare in ad­vance. When trav­el­ling, your meals are likely go­ing to be dif­fer­ent from those you make at home, so it may be chal­leng­ing to main­tain your healthy eat­ing habits. You may also be do­ing dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties than you’re used to, or have to cope with shift­ing time zones. All this should be dis­cussed with your lo­cal Guardian® or I.D.A.® phar­ma­cist. That way, he or she can ad­vise you on whether you’ll need to ad­just your med­i­ca­tion sched­ule.

So if you’re plan­ning a trip, be sure to visit your phar­ma­cist be­fore you take off. We’re here to help—from pre­par­ing your med­i­ca­tion sup­ply be­fore leav­ing, to doc­u­ment­ing your med­i­ca­tions to help you cross cus­toms. We can ad­vise you on stor­ing and us­ing your med­i­ca­tions while trav­el­ling.

1 in 3 Cana­di­ans have di­a­betes or pre­di­a­betes.

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