Discount Drug Stores have launched clinics to help locals assess their diabetes risk levels and better manage their conditions
More than 500,000 Australians suspected to have undiagnosed diabetes, and approximately two million Australians are at high risk of developing Type II diabetes.
Discount Drug Stores is facilitating clinics aimed at assisting in identifying potential issues and helping monitor conditions before they take a toll on quality of life.
Through the clinics, Discount Drug Stores’ pharmacists will run risk assessment screenings, discuss hypoglycaemia management, offer a free medication review, conduct a non-invasive neuropathy test and provide tips for people living with diabetes to feel confident in managing Type I or II diabetes including planning for sick days and information on how to travel with the condition.
Discount Drug Stores’ Pharmacist and National Pharmaceuticals Manager Stephenie Shea says the new diabetes programs aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes.
“Diabetes is becoming the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and with so many living undiagnosed, we needed raise awareness to the community about the importance of managing the condition early to reduce complications later in life,” Ms Shea says.
“With more than half of those diagnosed with diabetes not managing their condition properly or effectively, our quick and non-invasive clinics are designed to provide essential management and education services to all patients living with diabetes to better manage their condition and medication.
“On top of this, early intervention is key for those at risk of developing diabetes so it’s important for us to help set up patients with preventative measures and beneficial lifestyle choices for more effective management in the long-run.”
Pharmacists are expected to work with a patient’s doctor and diabetes educator to improve the overall health and management of these patients. Existing diabetes patients will also be given a free blood glucose monitor to ensure they are equipped to accurately and regularly monitor their blood sugar levels.