Did you know that today, in Canada, nine million people live with diabetes or pre-diabetes? There are three types of diabetes with the vast majority of people afflicted, 90%, having Type 2 diabetes. If you are one of the millions living with this disease, there are resources out there to help you manage better.
Understanding the different forms of diabetes
The type of diabetes you have will dictate the treatment you require.
This is usually diagnosed in childhood or in adolescence and affects about 10% of all people with diabetes. In this form, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin.
Usually is diagnosed in adults when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body can no longer use it efficiently.
This is a temporary condition that occurs in approximately 4% of all pregnancies.
Symptoms of Diabetes
People over 40 should be routinely checked for diabetes every few years even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. If, however, you have any of the following symptoms, you should consult with your physician as soon as possible:
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight change (gain or loss)
- Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
- Blurred vision
- Frequent or recurring infections
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
“Pharmacies like ours offer a full inventory of diabetic supplies,” says Nayan Patel, pharmacist/owner of the Stouffville Pharmasave, “These include socks and specialized blood glucose monitoring products.” But it doesn’t stop there. The Stouffville Pharmasave also has a Certified Diabetes Educator on staff to help you manage your condition. It can be very comforting to know that if you have questions about your diabetes, you can find answers right in your own neighbourhood.
Talk to the pharmacists at Stouffville Pharmasave for information about managing your diabetes. Visit them at www.stouffvillepharmasave.com.