Too much sugar in your blood? It could be Diabetes.

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I happened to catch one of Dr Hilary Jones' segments on Daybreak a few weeks ago about Type 2 Diabetes.  He seemed rather at the end of his tether (and understandably so) due to the fact that his tireless diabetic raising awareness campaigns are not achieving their aims.  At worst, Britain does not appear to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing Type 2 Diabetes.  I see his point.

There are two types of diabetes:-

Type 1 Diabetes is when your pancreas is unable to produce any insulin and is not preventable.

Type 2 Diabetes is when your body does not produce enough insulin to function properly or, the body's cells don’t use the insulin that is produced properly.  It is also usually linked to obesity.

Long tern complications for type 2 diabetes if left untreated can include

• Hardening of the arteries which can cause problems such as angina, heart attacks, stroke and poor circulation.
• Impotence
• Eye problems which can affect vision
• Kidney damage which sometimes develops into kidney failure.
• Nerve damage.
• Foot problems

The main symptoms common to both types of diabetes are: excessive thirst or feeling thirsty, urinating frequently (particularly at night), and feeling very tired.  It's worth noting that one can have very mild symptoms for years and not know that it is due to Type 2 Diabetes. 

Treatment is normally through diet, weight control, exercise and if necessary medication.

As with most conditions, an early diagnosis and treatment reduces the risk of developing the long term complications (mentioned above), at a later date.  Many chemists offer free blood sugar testing.  If you have concerns it may be worth taking them up with your GP.


Ellen Browne-Marke
Paralegal
Clinical Negligence team

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