Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes your blood sugar level to become too high. Type 1 diabetes is where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to insulin.
Your risk factor of developing Type 2 diabetes is higher if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.
Diabetes can also develop in pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can affect you and your baby during pregnancy and after birth. Risks are reduced if the condition is detected early and well managed. Development of Gestational diabetes means you may develop it again with future pregnancies, but also puts you at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future. Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, due to the association with insulin resistance and therefore higher levels of insulin circulating in the blood.
Type 2 diabetes is more common than Type 1 diabetes. In the UK there are around 5 million people living with diabetes. Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days, whereas many people may have Type 2 diabetes for years without knowing, as the early symptoms are quite general.
If you experience any of the following, you should see your GP as soon as possible:
- feeling very thirsty
- peeing more frequently than usual, particularly at night
- feeling very tired
- weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
- itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
- cuts or wounds that heal slowly
- blurred vision
You may have experienced a delay in diagnosis of diabetes which has impacted upon your life. In the most serious cases it may have led to you losing your vision, a limb or the life of your loved one. If your symptoms have not picked up within a timely manner, the outcome for you and your family could be life changing. It is vital that once diagnosed your symptoms are correctly managed, as diabetes is not a curable condition.
Poor management or delayed diagnosis may lead to further complications such as:
- Peripheral Neuropathy - nerve damage in the hands, feet and arms
- Pressure sores/ulcers developing due to nerve damage and poor circulation
- damage to your eyes, through developing Glaucoma or Cataracts
- Heart attacks or strokes
- Kidney damage
- Reduced life expectancy
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