Diabetes is a common condition. In the UK, over three million people have been diagnosed with it, and it’s estimated that more than 500,000 people have this health issue but don’t know it. A lifelong condition, diabetes causes blood sugar levels in the body to become too high. There are two main forms. Type 1 occurs when the immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 happens when not enough insulin is produced or when cells in the body don’t react to this hormone.
What causes it?
Blood sugar is controlled by insulin, which is produced in the pancreas. When you eat, food is digested and it enters your bloodstream. At this stage, insulin should move glucose out of your blood and into your cells, where it is broken down and produces the energy you need to function. If you have diabetes, you either don’t have enough insulin to complete this process or the insulin you have doesn’t function properly.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that can develop at any age, but which usually appears in childhood. In contrast, Type 2 is often connected to obesity, meaning that by making various lifestyle changes, you can reduce the risk that you will develop it. For example, eating a balanced diet, keeping to a healthy weight, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and exercising regularly can lower your chances of getting this disease.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of diabetes vary but they can include urinating more frequently (especially during the night), feeling very thirsty, losing weight and muscle bulk, blurred vision and itching around the groin. The condition can also cause you to feel more tired than usual and it often prevents wounds from healing as quickly as they usually would.
Secondary symptoms of diabetes
There are a number of secondary symptoms associated with this health condition. For example, if you have diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of developing problems with your feet, such as ulcers and infections caused by minor grazes and cuts. This happens because the disease is associated with poor circulation, which has a negative impact on your ability to repair damaged tissue. In addition, elevated blood glucose can damage your nerves, meaning you may not be as sensitive to any damage done to your feet.
Over time, diabetes can also cause other health issues, such as vision loss, kidney failure and lower limb amputations. It also raises the risk of a range of cardiovascular diseases, including strokes.
What are the treatments?
Treatments for the condition vary depending on whether you are diagnosed with type 1 or type 2. If you have type 1, you will need to take regular insulin injections or use an insulin pump to help keep your glucose levels under control. Your doctor will be able to talk you through your options.
If you are diagnosed with type 2, you will need to make certain lifestyle changes. For example, you may have to eat a healthier diet and lose weight. Some people are able to keep their blood glucose at a healthy level by doing these things. If your condition worsens though, you may need medication to help maintain your glucose at normal levels.
When should I see a doctor?
If you think you have some of the symptoms of diabetes, you should book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. While exhibiting the symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have this condition, it’s essential that you get yourself checked. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the chances that you will develop serious complications as a result of the disease. By detecting the condition quickly, you could save yourself from secondary health issues including vision loss and limb amputations.
How can our products help?
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