Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. If you are concerned about your health and want to give yourself peace of mind then why not book in for diabetes screening in Bebington.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
- type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
- type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin
Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
What causes diabetes
The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy. If you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there’s either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.
What happens during the screening process
This requires a fasted finger prick blood test in the pharmacy. The results will be available within five minutes of the consultation. Depending on the results we will provide you with lifestyle advice and support and/or a referral form for your GP.
The cost of this service is £5.
To find out more about Diabetes Screening in Bebington please contact our team.