Diabetes

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Helping you feel in control of your diabetes

Whether you've just been diagnosed, have been living with diabetes for a while or would like to understand if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, our pharmacists and pharmacy team are here to help. They have the time, knowledge and understanding to help you feel in control of your condition - and your health.

There are two types of diabetes. The most common form is Type 2, which occurs when your body either doesn't make enough insulin or the insulin isn't working properly. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body cannot make any insulin at all.

Having a private chat with one of our pharmacists is a great start to managing your diabetes. They're here to help you understand your condition and medicine, and to answer any questions you may have.

Learn more about your condition

Increasing your understanding of diabetes can help you feel in control of your condition, as well as providing you with hints and tips on how to stay healthy. As you can talk to our pharmacists one-to-one, the support given is personal and relevant to you and your life. It's an individual approach that's really valuable in managing your diabetes.

After talking through your diabetes, it's a good time for the pharmacist to have a look at any medicines you're taking, to make sure you're getting the best from them. We're here to help you understand your medicines and manage any other health conditions you might have. Sometimes making simple changes to the way you take your medicines can help to improve symptoms. Our stores have private consultation rooms for confidential, one-to-one chats with our pharmacists.

For more information please speak to your Boots Pharmacy team.

I would like to understand if I am at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. How can Boots help?

Boots is now offering a free Diabetes Risk Assesment in store, carried out by a member of the pharmacy team. You can book an appointment online or visit your local store and speak to your Boots Pharmacy team for more details. This service is free of charge.


Frequently asked questions

What happens at your free Diabetes Risk Assessment?

It's quick, easy and fully confidential. We will ask you a few questions to indicate any risk you may have of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years. Depending on the level of that risk we'll give you personalised advice to help you keep any risk as low as possible. Our teams are fully trained to carry out the risk assessment and it's quick and easy to complete.

  1. A pharmacy team member will ask you seven questions about your health and lifestyle as well as measure your waist circumference and BMI, both of which are linked to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
  2. We'll then work out your risk score based on your answers, and let you know whether you fall into the low, increased, moderate or high risk category
  3. We'll chat through the results with you and make recommendations to help reduce any risk. If you do fall into the moderate or high risk category we will refer you to your GP. For those who fall into the low risk category it may be as simple as encouraging you to keep up the good work, and you'll be able to have complete peace of mind

Visit our diet and weight loss area for more information on weight management.

I have just been diagnosed with diabetes. How can Boots help?

If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes you will, understandably, be feeling anxious and need as much help and support as possible. A Boots pharmacist can talk to you about what help is available. Your pharmacist can help you to understand any medicines you may need and how to test your blood sugar (glucose) levels, if your doctor has advised that you should.

Making the right lifestyle changes is an important step to controlling diabetes. Boots can also support you with lifestyle advice such as how to enjoy healthy foods, how to adjust your diet and how to keep active.

If you want to find out more about how to manage diabetes we have lots of useful lifestyle information and diet advice on boots.ie. You can also visit our online diabetes shop to find out more about the different products to help you manage diabetes.

I am already living with diabetes, or caring for someone with the condition. How can Boots help?

If you have been living with diabetes for some time, or are looking after someone else who is, we can help you to continue to manage diabetes and live your life to the full.

Diabetes and blood sugar levels

You can come into store to talk to a Boots pharmacist who will give you the help and support you need, as well as information to help you test and manage blood glucose levels at home, if your doctor has advised you to do so. Our pharmacists can also give advice about managing hypoglycaemia, which happens when blood sugar levels become too low.

Management of diabetes

If you want to find out more about how to manage diabetes we have lots of useful lifestyle information and diet advice on boots.ie. You can also visit the online diabetes shop to find out more about the different products to help you manage diabetes.

If you have a prescription for diabetes medicines, you may want to find out more about our Repeat Prescription Service which is available in store.