Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia with one person diagnosed every five minutes.
In Australia around 1.8 million people have diabetes, and many are not even aware of it. That’s because symptoms might go unnoticed for years.
Do you know the signs?
If you’re at risk of diabetes because of family history, diet or lifestyle, it’s a great idea to keep an eye out for some of the early warning signs.
These can include:
Feeling thirstier than normal
Feeling tired or lethargic
Urinating more than usual
Having blurred vision
Unexpected weight gain
Diabetes is a condition where the levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood are too high or uncontrolled. Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes and find lots of helpful resources at the Diabetes Australia website.
Over time, untreated diabetes can lead to complications, so it’s important to get tested before other serious health problems develop.
Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator Jennifer Cao advises that having diabetes diagnosed at an early stage means quicker action and better outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes. Watch this video for more expert diabetes advice.
If you think you could be a risk of diabetes here’s what to do:
Visit your local Community Care Chemist for a quick and easy blood sugar test to screen your risk of developing diabetes. Tests are available at Belmont, North Geelong and Geelong West stores.
We also offer private diabetes consultations with accredited pharmacist-diabetes educators who can work with you to advise on managing your diabetes.
Services provided by our Diabetes Educators may be subsidised by Medicare. Please call our pharmacies for session times and further information.
At Community Care Chemists, our role is to support our customers to implement good self management at home.
Learn more about our diabetes diagnosis and support services.