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Here's how to better manage your diabetes meds

According to RMIT University, 280 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day — that’s one every five minutes, making it one of the fastest-growing chronic conditions to affect Australians. Diabetes is on the rise across the globe, with the International Diabetes Federation estimating that there will be 629 million people with diabetes in the world in 2045.

Unfortunately, there’s no known cure for diabetes, which means that proper management is essential to people living with this condition.

Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 and gestational diabetes all require slightly different treatment, which is further tailored to each individual. Type 2 diabetes alone can require medications like:

  • Biguanides

  • Sulphonylureas

  • DPP-4 inhibitors

  • SGLT2 inhibitors

  • Thiazolidinediones

  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors

  • GLP-1 agonists

  • Insulin

These medicines perform a range of functions from regulating blood glucose levels to stimulating the release of insulin and assisting with digestion. In addition to the medicines above, you may also need medicines to help manage other health conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

All of these medicines are very helpful in helping people with diabetes to live a normal life and stay as healthy as possible. However, with so many different kinds of medications, and the fact that managing diabetes is different for everyone, it’s not surprising that people with diabetes might need a little bit of help from time to time.

Our friendly team of pharmacists are more than happy to assist you with information and advice about the medication that you’ve been prescribed. The best way to go about this is to book in for a Diabetes MedsCheck: an in-pharmacy, one-on-one consultation with your pharmacist to give you a better understanding of your medicines and ensure that your medicines and monitoring equipment and devices are working effectively for you.

It’s convenient and low cost (or free)

If you have diabetes, it’s likely that you’re on good terms with your Capital Chemist pharmacist and regularly visiting to fill your scripts. You can have your Diabetes MedCheck in your local Capital Chemist at your convenience — all you need to do is book an appointment with your pharmacist, either online or by giving them a call.

The appointment only takes half an hour, and in many cases, the cost of the service will be fully funded by the government (conditions apply, so check with your pharmacist).

It can help you stay healthy

Unfortunately, having diabetes puts you at a greater risk of developing other health conditions. In fact, according to the Heart Foundation, people with diabetes are up to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Managing your diabetes isn’t just about helping to manage the symptoms and short-term risks of diabetes itself, but helping to reduce your risk of other health complications and keep you as healthy as possible.

If you have diabetes, your GP has likely prescribed you with an appropriate treatment plan. Regularly reviewing your medication is a key part of treatment, and can help prevent complications like problems with your feet, eyes, heart, and kidneys. In addition to regular contact with your GP, your pharmacist can help you to make the best use of your medication, including how and when to take it and how to store it so that it works optimally.


It can detect or prevent an adverse drug reaction

People with diabetes report greater use of medicines for associated conditions like high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. It’s hardly surprising that the more conditions that you have and the more medications that you take, the more likely you are to have an adverse drug experience. The risk increases even further for older people. These experiences can be serious and even life-threatening. As an example, in the United States adverse drug events account for an estimated one million emergency department visits and 125,000 hospital admissions.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of adverse drug experiences are preventable, and your pharmacist can help you to manage your medications to help make sure that you minimise your risk. This is especially important if you take any complementary medicines like vitamins or natural medicines. They’ll talk to you about all of the medications that you’re taking and tell you if you are taking any medicines or supplements which may not work well (or even be dangerous) when taken together.

It empowers you

A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t just prevent physical challenges: it can also be difficult mentally or emotionally. You may feel overwhelmed with the information that you’ve received over the course of your diagnosis and treatment.

During your Diabetes MedsCheck, your pharmacist will speak to you about your condition and medications, answering any questions that you have and making sure that you have a thorough understanding of the management of your diabetes.

In fact, the focus of the MedsCheck is education and self-management, so you can walk away with a greater sense of knowledge and independence.

To book your Diabetes MedsCheck, simply book an appointment online or call and speak to your local Capital Chemist.

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