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.