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Kelvin Lim Pharmacist


4 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai, Ph: 386-1647

Tara, Verina-Mary, Ray, Shahlaa, and Yousr Opening Hours Mon - Fri 8.30am-6pm | Tues 9am-6pm Sat 9.30am-12.30pm

139 Riddiford St, Newtown. Ph 389-4600 Fax: 389-4655

Pam - MPS ANZCP Dip BuAd Sacha - B Pharm MPS

Melanie- B Pharm MPS

KILBIRNIE PHARMACY Caring for you & your family On Bay Road, Ph: 387 9254

Type 2 Diabetes –

The Silent Disease Current figures shows that more than 200,000 New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, with type 2 diabetes being the more common, about 90% of all the diabetics in New Zealand. It is estimated that 100,000 more people have diabetes but are not diagnosed and do not know that they are diabetic. Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (a form of sugar) in your blood. Insulin, the hormone that your body normally produces to deal with this sugar is unable to do so. The resulting high levels of glucose can lead to long term damage to your body, including heart disease, particularly heart attack and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and damage to your feet. Therefore it is a condition that has a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Symptoms can include feeling tired, feeling thirsty, going to the toilet often, getting infections frequently and in-

fections that take a long time to heal, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in the feet and often feeling hungry. It is possible to have type 2 diabetes without realising that you are diabetic as not everyone has obvious symptoms. Also symptoms can go unnoticed as the disease develops very gradually, it really is the “Silent Disease”, People that are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in New Zealand are those with a family history of diabetes, Maori, Pacific peoples and South Asian populations. Diets with increased amounts of processed food and drink, sedentary lifestyles and increasing rates of overweight and obesity are major contributing factors. However over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable or at least can be delayed by a healthy diet, weight loss and physical activity. If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, then a general medical check-up is recommended. For Europeans

a blood test is recommended at age 40, but it is younger, at age 30 for Maori, Pacific Peoples and South Asian populations. Earlier detection can lead to better control and management of the condition and an improved outcome. While type 2 diabetes usually affects adults over the age of 40 it is occurring more commonly now at a younger age and can be seen in teenagers and younger children. Diabetes cannot be cured, but serious long term problems are less likely if you manage the condition well, which means better control of blood glucose to within the normal range. There are medicines available that your doctor can prescribe to take orally for type 2 diabetes and in some cases insulin may be needed as well. However “the main focus for managing type 2 diabetes is on a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical exercise and losing weight if your are overweight” say Self Care pharmacists. “A healthy diet is one with fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals; eat-

ing low-fat dairy products; having little animal fat, fried fatty foods, sweet bakery items and foods high in salt”, recommend Self Care pharmacists. They also advise that around 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity regularly – brisk walking, climbing the stairs at work – is important for weight management and good diabetes control. The Self Care fact card on Type 2 Diabetes has more information. “Because diabetes is linked with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity, leading to cardiovascular disease, ask us for other useful fact cards such as Reducing Your Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Weight and Health”, suggest Self Care pharmacists. “Our goal is to assist diabetics understand how best to manage their conditions, use their medicines to the best effect, get good blood glucose control and enjoy life.”  Prepared by Pharmacy Self Care, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, PO Box 11640, Wellington.

Speak to us for your Self-care needs Grace Chan MPS ANZCP


Anne Privett MPS ANZCP

Paul Fredrickson Pharmacist

Natasha Stevenson-Oake, Victor Chong, Penny Minshull, Linda Choie and Androulla Kotrotsos (owner), Sue McEwan (absent).

Chris Young MPS ANZCP

Cathy Milne MPS ANZCP

(Formerly Baycourt Pharmacy)

26 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Ph: 387-3939 • Fax: 387-3935 Parking at the rear in Kilbinie Plaza

Pharmacists Kim - Al Wei - Sophie - Sarah - Harry - Simon

Teresa Tay



Life Pharmacy Kilbirnie

Meet the team...

Vanessa Hawkey Pharmacist

Lucy Stewart Pharmacist Intern

122 Cuba Mall • P: 384 6856 • F: 382 9180

58 Miramar Ave

Hours: Mon-Fri 8.00am - 6.30pm, Sat 9.00am-4.00pm NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10am - 3pm P: 388 8516 • F: 388 6587

Unichem Cuba Mall Open 7 days


504 Broadway, Strathmore Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-6.00pm & Sat 9am-1pm

Ph: 388-6593 Fax: 388-6594

Unichem Courtenay Place Pharmacy Open 7 days

100 Courtenay Place • P: 384 8333 • F: 385 6863

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