TO COINCIDE with National Diabetes Week, Nands Pharmacy in Liverpool offered free consultations to residents yesterday.
Pharmacist Prabhay Nand said the store ran the diabetes clinic due to the large number of diabetics in the area.
The consultation assessed a person's risk of diabetes, measured blood sugar levels and gave personalised and practical advice on how managing the condition.
"Liverpool has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the whole of NSW," Mr Nands said.
"And we see a big number of patients who come in with poorly controlled diabetes and for them the pharmacy is a place they may visit two or three times a week."
He said his staff and other pharmacists could help people control and understand their particular condition.
"There are two types of diabetes. The first is commonly known as type 1 insulin-dependent. Most patients who are type 1 diabetics know they are," he said.
"The second kind is called type 2 diabetes and as a pharmacist we can have a huge impact on someone's health who has type 2 diabetes."
He said people could easily keep their diabetes in check.
"Keeping blood sugar close to normal levels reduces your chances of having heart, eye, kidney and nerve problems that can be caused by diabetes," he said.
"To control their diabetes patients need to know their blood glucose numbers and their target goals and they must monitor these regularly with a blood glucose meter.
"We will be holding more diabetes clinics throughout the year as well as other heart health and blood pressure clinics."