What is diabetes?

Diabetes is the inability of the body to maintain a healthy level of glucose in the blood.

Common symptoms include:

  1. being more thirsty than usual
  2. Passing more urine
  3. Feeling tired and lethargic
  4. Always feeling hungry
  5. Having cuts that heal slowly
  6. Itching, Skin infections
  7. Blurred Vision
  8. Unexplained weight loss (Type 1)
  9. Gradually putting on weight (Type 2)
  10. Mood swings, Headaches, Feeling dizzy, Leg cramps.

In type 1 diabetes, symptoms are often sudden and can be life-threatening; therefore, it is usually diagnosed quite quickly. In Type 2 diabetes, many people have no symptoms at all, while other signs can go unnoticed being seen as part of ‘getting older’.

Therefore, by the time symptoms are noticed, complications of diabetes may already be present.

NOTE: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

The World Health Organization recommends that all diabetics have at least one review every twelve months. It is very important we complete blood tests with this review so we can compare your progress from previous periods. The aim is to prevent complications before they occur i.e. amputations, wounds, kidney disease, eye damage, erectile dysfunction, nerve damage