Boots UK has teamed up with Diabetes UK to offer in-store Type 2 diabetes risk assessments. From January 22 2013, the risk assessments will be available at all Boots Pharmacy stores nationwide. They will be carried out by trained Boots Pharmacy staff, and will be offered free of charge to customers who may be concerned that they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The official launch, at Boots' Sedley Place branch in London, was attended by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health Anna Soubry MP. Also present were some of those who play a vital role in reducing our nation’s risk every day – lollipop ladies and men.
"The heart of the community"
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said, "We want as many people as possible to be assessed for risk of Type 2 diabetes so that those who are at high risk can get the support they need to prevent it and those who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it can be diagnosed.
"Having risk assessments available for free in the heart of people’s communities will make it easier for people to access them and so increase the number of people who are aware of whether they are at risk. This is why we are delighted to be working with Boots UK to make risk assessments available in-store."
Diabetes risk assessments
The diabetes risk assessment consists of a series of questions based on the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes. Customers will also have their waist circumference measured and their BMI calculated. A risk score will be calculated based on their answers, and the final score will determine their risk as low, increased, moderate or high.
Customers who score a moderate or high risk will be offered personalised advice from a pharmacist, specially trained in diabetes, on how to manage their risk. They will also be given a letter explaining this to take to their GP practice and will be advised to make an appointment for further tests.
The Diabetes Risk Score was developed by Diabetes UK, the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This association, which will help customers to identify their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, highlights Boots UK’s commitment to enhance pharmacy services.
Some of the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes include: being overweight, high blood pressure, being over 40 years old, a family history of diabetes and being of Black or South Asian origin.