There will be a free diabetes screening in Conefrey’s Pharmacy on Tuesday, January 19th provided by Regional Development Officer, Sinead Powell.
There are an approximated 225,000 people living with diabetes in Ireland. According to a survey conducted by Healthy Ireland, over 800,000 adults over the age of 40 in Ireland are currently at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 usually develops slowly during adulthood. This form of the disease is progressive but can often be treated by making the necessary diet and lifestyle changes. However, there are those cases in which a sufferer may require anti-diabetic medicine and insulin injections.
You are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if you are:
- Over the age of 40
- Have a family member with diabetes
- Had diabetes during a pregnancy
- Are overweight
- Do not exercise daily for at least 30 minutes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
The following symptoms may also be an indication that you may be suffering from Type 2 such as: blurred vision, fatigue, extreme thirst, rapid weight gain or loss, frequent infections and a numbness or tingling feeling in the hands or feet.
Diabetes Ireland, founded in 1967, is a national charity that helps people suffering from diabetes. They strive to make this disease history. The charity provides support, education, and motivation and raise public awareness of diabetes across the country.
If you are concerned that you are at risk of suffering from diabetes or have questions relating to it, contact us here to make an appointment or call in store on the day.