Pharmacists can help manage Patients with Diabetes

14 November 2019: Marking World Diabetes Day, pharmacists in Ireland have issued advice to people living with diabetes and those concerned about the risk o. The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has said that Pharmacies can help by providing advice on managing the condition or helping to reduce the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is on the rise in Ireland.

Speaking on World Diabetes Day, IPU Executive member Ann-Marie Horan said, “Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that is caused by a lack of insulin, insufficient levels of insulin or a resistance to insulin produced.  Insulin is a hormone which is required to convert sugar in the body into energy. In Ireland, over 250,000 people live with diabetes. This is a lifelong condition which can be managed well by following a healthy lifestyle and taking your prescribed medication as well as having the correct support and education in place.”

According to Ms Horan, “Pharmacists play an important role in supporting people who are managing the condition. This can include advice on how to monitor your glucose levels, advice on available treatment options and their side effects, as well as supporting you by providing health promotion and advice on lifestyle modifications.”

“Diabetes is, in fact, two conditions, with similar symptoms but very different causes.  Type 1 is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.  Type 2 diabetes is more often associated with age, diet and lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes is more common and accounts for more than four in five diabetes cases in Ireland. Across the developed world, including Ireland, there is a significant increase in people developing this condition.”

“Local community pharmacies can provide advice on improving lifestyle and advise on how to limit your risks of developing Type 2 diabetes.”