Diabetes - not such a sweet disease!

by Kerry Brotchie, Pharmacist

Feeling thirsty? Irritable? Tired? Have blurred vision or need to urinate frequently? These are all signs and symptoms of diabetes. 

The number of people with diabetes in Australia has increased three-fold in the past 25 years. Almost 1 in 4 Australians over the age of 25 has diabetes or are on the cusp of developing it. Some people with diabetes don’t even know they have it!

Diabetes is a condition where the levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood are too high or uncontrolled. All cells in your body require glucose to work - including your muscles, brain, eyes, gut and heart. Diabetes causes irregularities with the hormone insulin and the role it plays in controlling blood sugar levels.

Insulin helps glucose move from your bloodstream into your cells. When there is a problem, the glucose remains in the blood stream and the cells in your body go without.

As you can imagine, if you don’t have energy, your body doesn’t function well - your muscles feel fatigued, your vision gets blurry and infections can occur more frequently. Your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure also increases.

Early diagnosis, education and treatment of diabetes is critical for preventing long-term complications and to ensure that you live a long and happy life.

At Community Care Chemist we have experienced pharmacist diabetes educators available to answer any diabetes-related questions. We also offer quick & easy blood sugar tests to screen your risk of developing diabetes. So, if you or someone you know complains of the above symptoms, call in for a chat or screening test today! Available at Belmont, North Geelong and Geelong West stores.

 

Find your nearest
Community Care Chemist

Apollo Bay

123 Great Ocean Road,
Apollo Bay
 

Ph: 03 5237 6312

Email Apollo Bay

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 2pm

Sun: Seasonal

Belmont

157 High Street,
Belmont
 

Ph: 03 5241 1755

Email Belmont

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Geelong West

1/184 Pakington Street,
Geelong West
 

Ph: 03 5246 5850

Email Geelong West

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun: 10am - 2pm

Grovedale

122 Burdoo Dr,
Grovedale
 

Ph: 03 5241 4333

Email Grovedale

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

Sat: 8am - 1pm

Sun: Closed

North Geelong

75 Separation Street,
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5278 4300

Email North Geelong

Trading Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5.30pm

Sat: 9am - 12.30pm

Sun: Closed

Support Centre

28 Church Street
North Geelong
 

Ph: 03 5246 5800

Email Support Centre

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Community Care Chemist Friendly Society Ltd, PO Box 26, Geelong 322003 5246 5800, enquiries@communitycarechemist.com.au, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday