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What is type 2 diabetes?

When a person has type 2 diabetes their body is unable to respond effectively to insulin that is produced or the body simply isn't producing enough insulin to effectively monitor blood sugar levels effectively any more.

What causes it?

As already mentioned, it tends to be a lifestyle condition and tends to start affecting people with age, particularly if they aren't following a healthy diet and are not doing enough exercise. It has also been diagnosed in younger people, especially where obesity is a factor.

Genetics can also play a role in the development of the condition. Statistics have shown that you have a one in three chance of developing diabetes if one of your parents has it. It can also be the result of another medical condition, but this is fairly rare.

Are there any symptoms?

Opposed to type 1 diabetes, type 2 symptoms develop slower and less severely. A person may have this condition for years before it actually starts causing a problem, but symptoms to look out for include weight loss, fatigue, increased need to urinate, genital itching, itching of the feet and/or thirst.

If it is not managed, it can eventually lead to heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, skin conditions and erectile dysfunction in men, to name a few.

Treating type 2 diabetes

A person with this condition will always be advised to make changes to their diet, to ensure that it is healthier and to monitor sugar intake so that the body is able to process it effectively. You may also be advised to avoid drinking and to try and be more active.

In addition to these measures you may also be prescribed a treatment such as Metformin which falls under a group of medicines known as biguanides. These treatments reduce the amount of sugar absorbed from food and helps the body respond better to sugars that are consumed. Alternative treatments may include DPP-4 inhibitors, glitazones, prandial glucose regulators, sulphonylureas and alpha glucosidase inhibitors.

Buying diabetes treatment online

If you are already using a treatment for type 2 diabetes, you are eligible to get a repeat prescription and have your medication delivered to your door with the help of the services offered by 121doc. All orders are checked and approved by a doctor before treatments are shipped from our pharmacy for free next day delivery.

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What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.