Type 2 Diabetes Screening

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Type 2 Diabetes Screening - Chequerfield Pharmacy, Pontefract

What is diabetes?


Diabetes is a condition where a person’s cells does not utilise blood sugar as it should or when the pancreas does not release enough insulin which is used to activate cells in the body to utilise sugar. This leads to someone’s blood sugar becoming exceedingly high. This is known as hyperglycaemia. Sustained hyperglycaemia is known as diabetes.


What is the difference between diabetes types?


Diabetes is commonly split into two different types – 1 and 2. Type 1 diabetes is an inherited form of the condition where the body actively attacks the cells in the pancreas responsible for producing insulin which activates cells in the blood to utilise sugar. You are usually born with condition or develop it during childhood. Those who suffer from type 1 diabetes require insulin therapy as treatment.


Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person’s cells become “insulin resistant”. Research suggests that there is a strong correlation between central obesity and insulin resistance. This often occurs due to lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet and a lack of physical activity. Type 2 diabetes is more common in those whose family have a history of diabetes.


Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes to watch out for:


Type 2 diabetes can go undetected for years after developing the condition. It is always useful to check in with a GP or local healthcare professional if you think you may be at risk or have developed type 2 diabetes.


Some common symptoms that undiagnosed diabetics may experience include:

  • Feeling thirsty constantly
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Slowly healing cuts and bruises
  • Unnaturally quick weight loss and loss of muscle mass
  • Yeast infection
  • Constant itchiness
  • Black, blotchy skin

Type 2 diabetes screening:


Type 2 Diabetes screening is vital in confirming whether or not the symptoms you may be experiencing is as a result of having type 2 diabetes. If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight or experiencing some of the classic type 2 diabetes symptoms, you should visit a healthcare professional. At our pharmacy, we offer an on-site screening service to test whether you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The pharmacist will take a finger prick sample of blood for a point of care fasting glucose or HbA1c test. Both will confirm whether you are at risk of developing the condition or diabetic already.


Our pharmacists will offer a full consultation and give you bespoke advice on how to:

  • eat healthy
  • become more active

Drop-in today at Chequerfield Pharmacy, Pontefract or call on 01977 797391 to for a consultation and a screening test.

Elaine Sutton
Elaine Sutton
Very friendly staff. Good service. Easy to get appointment for flu vaccine
Went for flu jab ,good service
Ashley Tatana
Ashley Tatana
Staff are always friendly. They remember your name (to me makes me feel valued). They are always very kind and understanding. They are a credit to the local community!
Carol Trueman
Carol Trueman
Excellent service! Staff are amazing.
Barbara Burden
Barbara Burden
A lot better than friarwood pharmacy for service.
Paul Johnston
Paul Johnston
Simply cannot express my gratitude for this place and the staff that work here. It’s such a friendly place, the staff are always eager to help and go above and beyond for you. It’s always nice to be greeted with a friendly smile but in these testing times it seems so much more important. Iv collected my mother’s prescriptions from here for a while now after moving from another pharmacy and they’re always ready promptly without any trouble, it’s always nice to have a chat and feel like a valued customer, great work team. And thank you for all your hard work it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed in the community.
Great service when I visited this week. The team were very efficient and professional. They also had very good covid safety practices in place that where being adhered to. This made me feel really at ease. Thank you