Over three million people in the UK have diabetes, but it is thought that up to another one million people have Type 2 Diabetes without knowing. At LloydsPharmacy we offer a FREE screening service to determine whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes . It's completely confidential and takes just a few minutes.
What will happen during the Type 2 Diabetes Screening Service?
The service will take place in a private consultation room by a trained member of staff.
You will be asked some question so that they can assess your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
These will be about:
- Your age
- Your height, weight and waist measurement
- Your daily activity
- Your diet, in particular how many fruit and vegetables you eat
- If you use high blood pressure medication
- If you have ever had a high blood glucose reading
- If any family member has diabetes
If you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes we can advise you on how to slow or even reduce your risk of developing the condition.
If you're at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes we'll measure your blood pressure and take a very small finger-prick sample of blood to measure your blood glucose level.
Depending on the results of this test, we may ask you to come back for further assessment.
This will include:
- A fasting blood glucose test, which involves taking a sample of blood when you have an empty stomach (usually first thing in the morning before you have breakfast)
- Weight, height and waist measurement
- Additional blood pressure measurements
We'll also offer you lifestyle advice and recommend ways of reducing your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
If appropriate, we may refer you to your doctor.
How long will the service take?
The consultation will only take a few minutes.
Do I have to make an appointment?
No, you don't. Occasionally at busy times you may be asked to make an appointment.
Do I have to pay for the service?
No, this service is free.
How do I know it's a good quality service?
We've been carrying out Type 2 Diabetes screening tests since 2003 to increase awareness of the condition and encourage people to get screened, and have now completed tests for over 1.5 million people.
What do I do next?
To have your diabetes screening test, visit your local LloydsPharmacy.
Look for this symbol on our store locator.
For more information on diabetes visit our Diabetes pages or contact Diabetes UK: Careline 0345 123 2399 (Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm); email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you are in Scotland: email@example.com, website: www.diabetes.org.uk
Updated: August 2014
Next Review: August 2015