Boots pharmacists can now assess a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The pharmacy chain has teamed up with Diabetes Ireland to offer free in-store Type 2 diabetes risk assessments and pharmacists will provide personalised advice on how people can manage their Type 2 diabetes risk. Those found to be at high risk will be referred to their GP to have a diagnostic test.
The service aims to help those at risk of developing the condition to understand if they are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and to take positive steps to lower their chances of developing it in the future.
Kieran O’Leary from Diabetes Ireland said it is estimated that by 2030, there will be 278,850 Irish people with diabetes – 7.5 per cent of the population – up from 191,000 – 6.1 per cent of the population – today.
“I would encourage customers to avail of the opportunity to assess their risk and where necessary take positive action to help prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Working with Boots Ireland, Diabetes Ireland is hoping to prevent thousands of people from developing Type 2 diabetes, which will in turn improve the health of the nation.”
The new Diabetes Risk Assessment has been developed to assess a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. Patients answer seven questions related to age, gender, waist circumference, BMI, ethnic background, blood pressure and family history. It uses a points system to identity if a person is at low, increased, moderate, or high risk of developing diabetes. Based on this score, appropriate advice is provided by Boots pharmacists in the form of lifestyle changes and, if necessary, a GP referral.
Speaking at the launch of the Boots Diabetes Risk Assessment, Mary Rose Burke, Director of Pharmacy, Boots Ireland, said customers come to their pharmacy teams for information and advice on how they can make positive changes to their health.
“This new service meets those needs by raising awareness of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes and helping not only to identify people who may develop diabetes in the future but, importantly, give them the right support and advice to manage any potential risk. Working with Diabetes Ireland, we want to ensure that Irish people are informed and confident about reducing their diabetes risk. The Diabetes Risk Assessment is simple and free and is one of the easiest things you can do today to take ownership of your health.”