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Diabetes Management

Diabetes Management

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, we are here to assist you in understanding your condition, your medication, and the day-to-day management, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition caused by a lack or insufficiency of insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that allows the cells in the muscles, fat, and liver to absorb glucose in the blood. The glucose then serves as energy for these cells. If our bodies do not produce enough insulin or if the insulin does not function properly, glucose cannot enter the cells throughout the body. It remains in the blood, causing blood sugar levels to rise well above normal.

Types of diabetes

There are different types of diabetes, with the two most well-known types being Type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) and Type 2 diabetes (insulin-resistant diabetes).

  • Type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood or early adulthood and is always treated with regular insulin injections. 
  • Type 2 diabetes generally develops gradually in adulthood. It advances and can sometimes be treated with diet and exercise, but Type 2 diabetes is more likely to require anti-diabetic medication and/or insulin injections.

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, have been living with it for a while, or want to know if you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, our pharmacists and pharmacy team are here to help. We have the knowledge and understanding to assist you in taking control of your condition and your well-being.

Are you at risk for diabetes?

The number of people with diabetes in Ireland is growing rapidly. Undiagnosed or poorly managed Diabetes can harm your heart, arteries, eyes, nerves, and kidneys, resulting in more serious health problems.

When should you consider getting tested for type 2 diabetes?

You are over 40 years of age

You are overweight for your height

You have a parent or a sibling with Diabetes

You have High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol

You exercise less than 2.5 hrs per week.

If you qualify for the above risk factors or are experiencing any symptoms, you should get tested for Diabetes.

Diabetes management advice

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you will understandably be anxious and in need of as much assistance and support as possible. Having a private chat with one of our pharmacists is a great way to start managing your diabetes. They are here to assist you in understanding your condition, your medication, and your day-to-day management, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

Increasing your knowledge of diabetes can help you feel more in control of your condition and become more confident in your diabetes management. Our team can also give you pointers and advice on how to stay healthy. Early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and good management will help you avoid the more serious health problems associated with diabetes, enabling you to maintain a good quality of life and well-being.

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Available at the following Pharmacies.

Call any of the following pharmacies for expert advice on diabetes management.

Lavelle’s Life Pharmacy Belmullet

Main St, Belmullet, Co Mayo

Lavelles Pharmacy Galway

Lavelle's Pharmacy, 23 Dock Rd, Queensgate, Galway, H91 CR33
(091) 454 988

Lavelles Pharmacy Bangor

Church Lane, Bangor Erris, Co Mayo

Lavelles Pharmacy Killala

Church Rd, Killala, Co Mayo
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