Diabetes Management

How your community pharmacy cares for older patients with diabetes

Has your elderly mother or father been recently diagnosed with diabetes? Good blood sugar control and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of serious complications such as heart and kidney disease, eye problems and nerve problems.

Of the 1.1 million people living with diabetes, around 85–90 per cent have type 2 diabetes. The good news is that up to 58 per cent of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented, or at least delayed, in the high risk (pre-diabetes) population by maintaining a healthy weight.

The main keys to long-term weight loss and reducing your waist measurement are healthy eating and regular physical activity. Talk to your pharmacist for advice on weight loss and pharmacy programs available to help you lose weight.

You can also ask your pharmacist if you are eligible for a MedsCheck: an in-pharmacy medicines review. During a MedsCheck, your pharmacist will have an individual consultation with you and discuss how to get the best out of your medicines, use of your blood sugar monitor and equip you to effectively manage your diabetes.

Your pharmacy may offer a range of additional diabetes services including access to educational speakers, advice on the right diabetes educators and dieticians, or even walking groups!

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