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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Diabetes

Did you know these 10 facts about diabetes? About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms. Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day. A meal plan for a person with diabetes isn’t very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes. Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse. Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses. Continue reading >>

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  1. BooJewels

    I mentioned in another thread that I'd had difficulty with my injection last night and another problem with a leaky pen this morning - so I abandoned that pen thinking the screw/seal end was faulty. Then this evening the needle wouldn't come off the new pen (when I put the cap over it to screw it back off) and I realised that all three problems were with a new box of 6mm needles I'd just opened.
    I tried with a couple of new needles on the old pen and had the same sort of problems as the previous attempts - the pen either leaked around the seal or the needle wouldn't come off - something isn't quite fitting right. The needles are the same spec as I've had previously and the box is very similar graphically, but it's a different brand and the needles look slightly different in construction - enough that I could tell on sight which one was which.
    I'm about to go away and had already packed all my supplies and meds and don't want to have to rely on this dubious box of needles as I don't want them to compromise my insulin pens - or me for that matter. I have a few of the old reliable ones, if I dredge all the places I squirrel away spares, but not enough.
    The pharmacy that supplied them don't open on Saturdays as they're inside my medical practice, so I need to try and source something locally in the morning. Can pharmacies supply something like this without a prescription over the counter? I know the on-line place I buy extra strips sell them for about 9 quid a box, but I'll have to buy it from a pharmacy. Anyone done this before? I can take the other half of my repeat prescription to prove that I need them, but can't help thinking that I might have a battle on my hands.

  2. robert72

    They are not POM so you should be able to buy them from the chemist without a prescription. I used to buy my own disposable syringes and needles in the olden days, before they were available on the NHS.

  3. BooJewels

    Thank you. It looks like a local-ish Tesco pharmacy is open later than I thought, so I'm just going to ring them to see if they have them.

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