What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?

What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?
What is Diabetes and what treatments are available?

I get a lot of people asking me at #HealthCare4All and my pharmacy about diabetes, so i thought I would write this weeks blog explaining what diabetes is and what treatments are available.

Millions of people all over the world suffer from diabetes. This is a chronic illness where the sugar level of a person is too high that it starts affecting their body’s normal processes.

Causes and Risk factors

Diabetes develops when the body has a resistance to insulin, or doesn’t produce enough of it. This hormone produced in our bodies controls the blood sugar level. Although we need sugar, or glucose, in our bodies to serve as fuel and energy, too much of it will cause problems with our digestive and excretory system.

People who have a family history of diabetes are at high risk of developing it. Being overweight, stressed, not having a balanced diet and being less physically active are also risk factors.


There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes: Occurs when the body is not producing any insulin or is only producing very little of it. In this case, the body has actually destroyed its own insulin producing cells found inside the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune illness.

Type 2 diabetes: Happens when the body’s cells are no longer responding properly to insulin. A big percentage of Type 2 diabetes patients develop the illness because of being unfit and overweight. This form of diabetes develops later in life, but there are cases where patients develop the disease as early as their 20s.

Through diabetic testing, doctors can diagnose this illness during its early stages. This makes it easier for patients to learn about diabetes monitoring and the ways to keep their blood sugar stable. There are many diabetes products available in the market, ranging from special diabetic meals to diabetic foot care.

At HealthCare4All we have a whole range of products including the Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit £34.99, which makes blood glucose monitoring easier & more convenient, and allows you to test without inserting or disposing of strips.

0 Strip Free tests on a continuous tape – no single strips to handle or dispose of
6 lancets in a drum – no single lancets to see or touch
Easy lancing with 1-Click action to prime and release
Just 4 simple steps to perform a test
2000 test memory plus 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages
PC ready reports via a USB cable (not supplied)
No clinical waste
Designed for people with diabetes using insulin
Measures in mmol/L

For more products take a look at HealthCare4All.co.uk

At the end of the day however, prevention is still key when it comes to diabetes. Knowing the risk factors should help people become aware if they can develop diabetes later in life. Having a healthy lifestyle, keeping active and staying away from too much stress helps steer clear of developing diabetes.



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Managing diabetes effectively in the winter

Winter is approaching and for those living with diabetes, managing the condition can be a challenge. Fortunately, with some additional care and attention, diabetes can be effectively managed all winter long. Healthcare4all, providers of diabetes products, delivers advice on managing diabetes effectively in the winter.

Avoid catching colds and flu

As Diabetes.co.uk notes, due to the difficulties it can create with diabetes management, people with diabetes are generally at a greater risk in they catch flu. One potentially dangerous complication of flu can be the onset of pneumonia, which people with diabetes are more at risk from developing compared to those without diabetes.

It is therefore important that if you have diabetes you try and stave off colds and flu throughout the winter and all year round.

Washing your hands often and using sanitisers can help ward off the germs associated with colds and flu. Getting plenty of rest and having the flu vaccine can help avoid people from getting the flu.

Keep warm

The Mayo Clinic advises that people with diabetes stay warm during the winter, and keep their feet protected and warm by wearing comfortable shoes and socks to help keep circulation problems at bay.

Eat well and exercise

Try and stay healthy throughout the winter by eating well. Have a well-balanced diet that comprises of plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains.

Taking regular exercise can also help you stay fit during the winter and ward off potentially harmful illnesses.

Diabetes products

Diabetes monitoring with products such as a diabetes monitor and a diabetes meter is extremely important during the winter. Such products enable diabetics to test, monitor and control their blood sugar levels.

Healthcare4all has a range of diabetes monitoring products and equipment for sale.

Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System

One such product is the Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System. This blood glucose monitoring device boasts a large, easy-to-read display and speaks the results aloud. The diabetes meter has an easy to hold size and design, has up to six reminder alarms and a 400 test memory.

The Advocate Redi-Code+ Blood Glucose Monitoring System costs £16.63, excluding VAT.

Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor

The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor is another diabetes product Healthcare4all has available to purchase.

Based on an improved enzyme composition that reacts with glucose specifically, the Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor helps to minimise the influence of other substances. The device’s test strips also comprise of an underfilling detection feature, which is designed to prevent a measurement being made if the blood sample provided is not sufficient.

The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor costs £20.83, excluding VAT on the Healthcare4all website.

Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit

The Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit is designed to make blood glucose monitoring easier and more convenient, as it enables people to test their blood glucose levels without having to insert or dispose of strips.

The Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit has a 2000 test memory and comes with 50 strip free tests on a continuous tape.

From Healthcare4all, the Accu-Chek Mobile Blood Glucose Diabetes Monitoring System Kit costs £29.16, excluding VAT.

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