Over three million people in the UK have diabetes, but it is thought that up to another one million people have Type 2 Diabetes without knowing.
Many more people have blood glucose (sugar) levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes. This is sometimes known as “pre-diabetes”, and if you have it you have a greater risk of developing full-blown diabetes.
It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible, because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
There are two main types of Diabetes- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the body doesn’t produce any insulin at all. In the UK, about 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops before the age of 40 – often in the teenage years, while type 2 diabetes tends to be diagnosed in older people.
What will happen during the Type 2 Diabetes Screening Service?
A trained member of staff will carry out the diabetes screening in the privacy of a consultation room.
You will be asked some question so that they can assess your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
These will be about:
- Your age
- Your height, weight and waist measurement
- Your daily activity
- Your diet, in particular how much fruit and veg you eat
- If you take high blood pressure medication
- If you have ever had a high blood glucose reading
- If any family member has diabetes
If you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes we can advise you on how to slow or even reduce your risk of developing the condition.
If you’re at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes we’ll take a very small finger-prick sample of blood to measure your blood glucose level. This will be a non-fasting test.
Depending on the results of this test, we may ask you to come back for further assessment.
This will include:
A fasting blood glucose test, which involves taking a sample of blood when you have an empty stomach. Do not eat or drink anything except water for 8 to 10 hours before a fasting blood glucose test. Therefore the test is best taken first thing in the morning.
We’ll also offer you lifestyle advice and recommend ways of reducing your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
If appropriate, we may refer you to your GP.
How long will the service take?
The consultation will take about 10 minutes.
Do I have to pay for the service?
No, this service is FREE!
Do I have to make an appointment?
No appointment is usually needed; just call in and ask one of our pharmacy team. Occasionally at busy times you may be asked to make an appointment.
Contact us if you would like to request an appointment: