Diabetes Prevention

Could you be at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes?

Have you Pre-Diabetes and not even know you have it?

Would you like to be assessed and embark on a diabetes prevention programme with an expert diabetes specialist nurse advisor with over 20 years experience working in the field of diabetes?

Our Diabetes Prevention Programme is just for you!


A staggering 24,000 people could have undiagnosed diabetes according to the findings of a study conducted by Vhi Healthcare.  Vhi Healthcare conducted the largest ever study into diabetes risk and cardiovascular risk in Ireland between 2009 and 2013 and the findings were published recently in PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes work from all fields of scientific research*. image of a crowd of people, diabetes can affect all types of people from every walk of life, by Diabetes Insight Cork, Ireland

Nearly 30,000 people participated in the research which found that 17% of participants (nearly 5,000 people) had abnormal initial fasting blood sugar levels, 1.8% had undiagnosed diabetes and 10% had confirmed pre-diabetes.  Abnormal blood sugar levels, pre-diabetes and diabetes were more common in men than in women with men 2-3 times more likely to have abnormal blood sugar levels and undiagnosed diabetes.

Why Choose Diabetes Insight?

DGP54655Diabetes Insight is the ONLY service of its kind in Ireland catering for the specific needs of people with diabetes and those at risk. Our founder Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes has over 20 years nursing experience working with people with diabetes. Helenas service is accessed by Consultants, GPs, Pharmacists and health care professionals across Cork, Munster and Ireland who refer clients for her professional approach and tried and trusted methods for gaining effective results.

It is important that when you are assessed for risk factors of Type 2 Diabetes, that you are assessed correctly. Many screenings and risk factors assessments are not fool proof and can lead to unnecessary referrals which are time consuming and frustrating for both the client and the doctor. Many assessments if not conducted correctly, may also lead to a heightened sense of anxiety amongst the ‘worried well’ which is upsetting and unsettling for the client and avoidable.

Also specific risks maybe masking other possible conditions which can only be spotted by an expert health care professional with years of experience who can refer you for further investigation.

That is why at Diabetes Insight you are guaranteed expert specialist assessment and advice as well as the benefit of years of experience, within a safe environment which is respected and trusted by our peers.



Assess Your Risk Factors

Researchers don’t fully understand why some people develop type 2 diabetes and others don’t. It’s clear, however, that certain factors increase the risk, including:

  • Weight. Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin. However, you don’t have to be overweight to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Fat distribution. If your body stores fat primarily in your abdomen, your risk of type 2 diabetes is greater than if your body stores fat elsewhere, such as your hips and thighs.
  • Inactivity. The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.
  • Family history. The risk of type 2 diabetes increases if your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes. This risk can be as much as 50% of developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Race. Although it’s unclear why, people of certain races — including blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Asian-Americans — are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than whites are.
  • Age. The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as you get older, especially after age 45. That’s probably because people tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as they age. But type 2 diabetes is also increasing dramatically among children, adolescents and younger adults.
  • Prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Left untreated, prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes. If you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. If you gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds (4 kilograms), you’re also at risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome. For women, having polycystic ovary syndrome — a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity — increases the risk of diabetes
  • Certain Medications. It is now well recognized that certain types of medications increase a persons risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. These include statins, steroids, anti depressants, anti psychotics and chemotherapy.

What Does an Assessment Include?

If you have any of the above risk factors Diabetes Insight would advice you need to be screened for onetouchdiabetes risk on an annual basis.

At Diabetes Insight we provide an in depth risk factor assessment which include the following:

  • A validated risk factor questionnaire
  • Capillary blood sugar test
  • HbA1c test
  • Weight & Weigh In
  • Waist Circumference

Any abnormal results would be referred to your GP for further investigation

What is a HbA1c test and why is it so important?

A HbA1c test is a reflective look back over the last three months and provides an average of what your blood sugar levels have been. This test in conjunction with other specific tests conducted by your GP are used to diagnose diabetes and assess your control. It is a vital test that is used continuously and frequently within diabetes management to assess an individuals progress.

A HbA1c is taken via a finger pick sample at Diabetes Insight, with results in 6 minutes. You do not need to be fasting. Our machine is quality control and externally audited to ensure results are an exact match to laboratory results.


Our Type 2 Diabetes Assessment costs 35 euros all inclusive and takes 20 minutes. You do not need to be fasting.


Diabetes Prevention Programme

If the results of your Type 2 Assessment come back abnormal, you can choose to embark on our Diabetes Prevention Program. This program is individually tailored to your needs. You will meet with Helena Farrell RGN, MSc, Expert Specialist Nurse Advisor who will assess your particular risk factors and tailor the programme to reduce these risks.


At Diabetes Insight we believe the only time that Type 2 diabetes can be ‘reversed’ is in the Pre-Diabetes phase. This requires very specific interventions that reduce blood sugar levels and reverses the risk of progressing to Type 2 Diabetes. At Diabetes Insight we use the benefit of 20 years of experience of effective techniques and interventions to gain results that are long term. These are evidence based techniques that are simple to follow and easy to maintain.

All our programmes include: download (24)

  • Tailor made meal plans
  • Recipes
  • Shopping Lists
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Choice of Exercise Plans
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Reduction

Cookery classes and Supermarket tours are available at an additional cost

For some individuals one – two visits is all that maybe required with ongoing telephone and email support provided. Others may need to embark on our 12 week weight management programme.

Prices start from just 100 euros for an initial assessment.

Contact us

If you are concerned about your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and wish to be assessed or speak with an expert nurse advisor please contact us on Mob: (086) 1739287, email: diabetesinsightireland@gmail.com.

Alternatively please fill out the contact form below to request a call back


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