National Pharmacies Victor Harbor is involved in a new trial program to screen asymptomatic, previously undiagnosed individuals for type 2 diabetes.
The screening service aims to identify at elevated risk of type 2 diabetes.
Over 1.1 million people in Australia have type 2 diabetes, and that number is growing.
For every five people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is estimated that there are two undiagnosed cases.
This means that many people are unaware that they have type 2 diabetes or that they are at significant risk of developing diabetes.
In this pre-diabetic state, people have either impaired glucose intolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and damage to blood vessels and nerves may already be underway.
Earlier diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes is the key to early management of risk factors.
While family history and genetics play a role, lifestyle has a significant effect on the development of diabetes.
Early management through diet and lifestyle changes as well as drug intervention can also delay or even prevent common side-effects of diabetes such as kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, glaucoma and amputation.
Those identified as having a high risk for diabetes in the trial will be referred to their GP for further assessment.
To be eligible for the free diabetes screening, patients must meet the following criteria:
- Aged between 35-74 years
- Have not been diagnosed with diabetes
- Have not been screened for diabetes by their GP in the last 12 months.
The trial is being managed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, in partnership with the University of Sydney and Deakin University, with support and funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
As this is a trial program, there are a limited number of spaces for people to participate.
However, National Pharmacies Victor Harbor can make other arrangements if necessary for those people who may not be eligible or who may miss out.
For more information about the trial, contact National Pharmacies Victor Harbor on 8552 1014.
For Diabetes information and support, visit the Diabetes SA website: www.diabetessa.com.au