Have I got diabetes?
If you think you may have developed type 2 diabetes, we’re here to help. The test is for people aged 16 and over who may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterised by what is known as insulin resistance.
This is where the body does not effectively respond to the insulin produced, as a result blood sugar levels become too high. It can be managed by taking tablets such as Metformin and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How we test for diabetes
What to expect at a type 2 diabetes screening appointment booked in a LloydsPharmacy store:
The service will take place in a private consultation room by one of our trained colleagues. You'll be asked some questions to help us learn whether you're at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes,.
- Your age
- Your height, weight and waist measurement
- Your level of 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're at high risk, we'll measure your blood pressure and your random blood glucose level. We'll do this by taking a very small finger prick sample of blood.
A random blood glucose test is a blood sugar test that is taken without you needing to fast beforehand.
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 personalised lifestyle advice and recommend ways of reducing your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes. If appropriate, we may refer you to your doctor.
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Frequently asked questions
How long will the service take?
The consultation will only take 15 minutes, but our pharmacy team will take as long as necessary to answer any questions you may have.
Do I have to make an appointment?
No, you don't. You may be asked to select an appointment when it is busy or you may want to request a particular time for peace of mind. You can book online with our booking form if you'd prefer.
Do I have to pay for the service?
Yes, this particular service costs £10.00, payment will be taken in store at the time of your test.*
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, or book an appointment online with our booking form.
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*Please be aware that prices may vary. The Selfridges Concession in London charges more for this service.