Diabetes is a growing condition that causes the level of blood sugar (glucose) to be too high. The amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Often associated with obesity, one in sixteen people have diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces no insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the most common version, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body doesn't react to insulin.
Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy, but usually disappears after birth.
It is most important that diabetes is diagnosed as soon as possible as symptoms get worse if untreated.
If you have or suspect you have diabetes, our Online Pharmacy provides an online consultation with our GMC registered doctor. Please select the medication, or ask our doctor for advice and complete the online questionnaire. Your answers will be reviewed by the doctor, and if approved you will be issued with a private prescription costing £25.00. If you already have a doctor's prescription, you can select the stated medicine and send the prescription to us. Your medication will be dispensed and sent to you in discreet packaging.
For more information on the causes, symptoms, life style changes and treatment of diabetes, please scroll down after the range of diabetes treatment and diabetes tablets.
Oxford Online Pharmacy Diabetes Treatment Information
Type 1 Diabetes Causes
Type 1 diabetes is most common amongst children and usually develops under the age of 40. Often called juvenile diabetes, it accounts for about 10% of all diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce any insulin at all. This leads to the levels of glucose becoming too high and over time this can seriously damage the body's organs. Type 1 diabetes is also known as insulin dependent diabetes. It is an autoimmune condition, where your body mistakes the cells in the pancreas as harmful and attacks them.
Type 2 Diabetes Causes
Type 2 diabetes often develops later in life and accounts for about 90% of all diabetes. Here the pancreas does not develop enough insulin which controls the amount of glucose, or the body does not react to insulin.
Glucose levels can increase during pregnancy making it difficult for the insulin to absorb it. This is known as gestational diabetes, which occurs in about 5% of pregnancies. It is important to control your levels of glucose to avoid problems in your unborn baby. This form of diabetes usually disappears following birth. However your chances of getting type 2 diabetes later on rises to 1 in 3 compared to the norm of 1 in 16.
Diabetes symptoms occur because a lack of insulin results in the glucose staying in the blood. The glucose is not used as fuel for energy and your body reduces excess glucose in your urine.
Diabetes symptoms include:-
Type 1 diabetes symptoms develop very quickly in a few days or weeks. Type 2 symptoms usually take a few months to develop. If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious health problems including blindness, kidney failure, heart and lower limb problems.
If you are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, or are borderline, you may be able to prevent it by changing your lifestyle:-
Diabetes Treatment and Diabetes Tablets
In addition to lifestyle changes, medication for type 2 diabetes can be most effective. A recent study found that users of Metformin tablets had an average longer life expectation than non diabetics.
Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured. The usual treatment regulates your blood glucose levels using regular insulin injections. There are alternative treatments which can be discussed with your GP or diabetes specialist including insulin pump therapy, islet cell transplantation and a complete pancreas transplant.
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