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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but don’t know it.

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

There are three types of diabetes, Type 1, type 2 and gestational. The main symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes is the urge to urinate more than usual, tiredness and an unusual thirst.

Common symptoms for both type 1 and type 2 Diabetes:

(1)  Excessive thirst

(2)  Needing to urinate more often than usual

(3)  Fatigue or tiredness

(4)  Unusual weight loss

(5)  Vaginal infections

(6)  Thrush in both men and women

(7)  Nausea and vomiting

(8)  Blurry vision

(9)  Arid mouth

(10) Cuts or sores that are slow to heal

These symptoms can develop quickly and even sometimes over a matter of days.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes may not show any side effects but when it does the common symptoms are:

(1)  Increased thirst

(2)  Needing to urinate more especially at night time

(3)  Unusual weight loss or gain

(4)  Extreme tiredness or fatigue

(5)  Blurry vision

(6)  Vaginal infections

(7)  Thrush in men and women

(8)  Arid mouth

(9)  Cuts or sore that heal slowly

(10) Itchy skin near the groin or vagina

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Gestational Diabetes

This is a type of diabetes that is detected in early pregnancy via routine screening.

You should seek medical advice if you show any of the symptoms and you think you may have diabetes. Severe symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, weakness, shortness of breath, breathing deeply and rapidly and an unusually sweet breath.

Other symptoms include fainting, trembling, hungrier more than usual, irritable and drowsiness. These are the usual signs of  hypoglycemia which occurs when your blood sugar levels are too low, you may need a sweet sugary snack to help raise your levels.

You know your body better than anyone, if you feel something is wrong you should see your GP.

Diabetes.org.uk

 

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