Free pop-up diabetes risk check

Donnybrook residents who could be at risk of type 2 diabetes are urged to go along to a free pop-up diabetes risk check. 

The Donnybrook Amcal Pharmacy is holding the clinic at the Donnybrook Football Club on April 21 at 12.30pm.

Running as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with developing type two diabetes.

The free diabetes risk assessment will help identify those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, providing information about the condition, possible complications and ways to lower risk.

Donnybrook Amcal pharmacist Rowan Lowe said the Donnybrook community should attend the free health screening if they or a loved one may be at risk of diabetes.

“While approximately 1.2 million Australians are registered as having diabetes, there are up to 500,000 undiagnosed cases, which is concerning given that diabetes is a progressive condition with potential for serious complications including kidney damage, heart attacks and vision loss,” he said.

The free health screening will entail a one on one consultation with pharmacists taking people through a risk assessment to determine the chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next five years.

For those at risk pharmacists will offer a simple on-the-spot finger prick blood test that identifies blood sugar levels over the past three months.

Based on this evidence the pharmacist can then determine if a formal referral to their General Practitioner is required. 

Mr Lowe said he is thrilled to be able to offer this to members of the community. 

“We’re thrilled to offer our Donnybrook locals a complimentary type two diabetes risk assessment, which could make a big difference in helping people reduce their risk. Equally, we’re always available to help members of the community who currently live with diabetes, to remain on track with their management,” said Mr Lowe.