People of south Asian, Chinese, African Caribbean or black African origin are also more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if they were born in the UK

How your pharmacist can help

In addition to advice about managing your weight, your local Careway pharmacy can also help with other things you may need for managing your diabetes, including:

Where to get help Changing your lifestyle isn’t always easy, but the good news there’s lots of support you can get. Have a word with your GP or local Careway pharmacist about the support and services available where you live, such as weight-loss programmes or or groups if you want to lose weight, registered dietitians, exercise specialists and even type diabetes prevention programmes.

Meanwhile if you’re affected by any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes – or if you’re in one of the at-risk groups – speak to your GP, who may advise you to be tested for type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the first thing you may be

advised to do is to make certain lifestyle changes. These typically include eating healthily, being physically active and losing weight if you need to. These changes may help you control your blood glucose levels, but some people may also have to take prescription tablets and/or have insulin treatment. Your local Careway pharmacist can offer advice on managing your

diabetes and help with any medication you may be taking. They can also advise you about choosing and using a blood glucose monitor if you need one, and give you the help you may need to take care of your feet. If you have diabetes, you’re also eligible for a free NHS flu jab every year – ask your pharmacist for details this autumn.

Easy ways to reduce your risk

Making too many drastic changes to your lifestyle can make them difficult for you to stick to in the long term. So if you’ve decided to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, start slowly with a few simple things that you can do easily without too much disruption to your everyday routine. Here are a few ides to get you started…

• Get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way • Take the stairs rather than the lift • Walk to the shops instead of taking the car • Swap a chocolate bar for apple slices spread with peanut butter • Keep track of your progress by keeping a food and activity diary • Pour yourself a glass of water instead of having sugary drinks

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• Blood glucose meters and test strips • Foot care products • Skincare products • Blood pressure monitors • Bathroom scales and body fat monitors • Circulation booster products

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