What is diabetes?

Mater Pharmacy DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic condition where the body does not produce enough of a hormone called insulin. Insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in the blood.

While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the disease and effectively managing it.

What are the different types of diabetes?

  1. Type 1 Diabetes

    The body stops making insulin, so patients must inject insulin daily. The onset of type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under 30 years, but can occur at any age. About 10-15% of all cases of diabetes are type 1. The cause is not known

  2. Type 2 Diabetes

    Is the name given to a group of different conditions where there is too much glucose in the blood. The pancreas either cannot make insulin or the insulin it does make is not enough and cannot work properly. Without enough insulin, glucose builds up in blood and can slowly cause damage to many parts of the body. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects older adults, more and more younger people, even children, are developing type 2 diabetes.

  3. Gestational Diabetes

    Is diagnosed when higher than normal blood glucose levels first appear during pregnancy. Between three and eight per cent of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy, however, some may be earlier. Pregnant women need two or three times more insulin than normal. If the body is unable to produce this much insulin, gestational diabetes develops.

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and can often be prevented. There are a number of well known risk factors for type 2 diabetes some of which cannot be altered, such as family history, age, and ethnicity. However a number of risk factors you can control and these include:

  • poor diet
  • lack of physical activity
  • being overweight
  • high blood pressure
  • high blood cholesterol
  • smoking

If you have one or more of these risk factors come and see the team of highly trained staff at Mater Pharmacy, they can work with you to develop a plan to reduce these risk factors.

National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

Mater Pharmacy has joined the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) sub-agency group which enables the pharmacy to administer subsidised diabetes supplies. All customers can enjoy an even more convenient way to help manage their diabetes.

The NDSS is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia. Its aim is to enable people with diabetes to have timely, reliable and affordable access to diabetes supplies and services in order to effectively manage the condition.

The NDSS offers subsidised diabetes products to almost 150 000 people with diabetes in Queensland. It is estimated there are currently 850 000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes and this same number again may have diabetes but do not know it.

The NDSS is free for people with diabetes to register. For more information on an NDSS Agent in your area, please phone Diabetes Australia, Queensland on 1300 136 588 or visit www.diabetesqld.org.au.

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