Every year in June there is a national diabetes week, this is when there is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and get people talking about diabetes. There is also a huge devotion to raising money to help fund further research into the condition.
Pinches Medical + Wellbeing are encouraging conversations around diabetes this week. We want to make it easier to open up those conversations, with your doctor, your friends and family, and people you’ve just met. We want to get you talking #talkaboutdiabetes
Diabetes is common. In the UK, there is an estimated 4 million people living with diabetes currently. It can be a very serious condition and sometimes fatal, contributing to over 5 million deaths globally per year. In fact, it is the 8th leading cause of death in the world. We believe this shouldn’t be the case. If people understood more about diabetes it could be managed better. There is some research to show that people at risk of diabetes could act to reverse their symptoms before diabetes develops. But more research is needed.
What is diabetes?
A simple explanation is that your blood glucose level is too high. There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. These types result in different conditions but they are both equally serious.
Both types of diabetes have one thing in common, they both cause people to have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. All blood needs some glucose, but diabetes causes an increase that the body cannot deal with. Glucose is obtained from carbohydrates in our food or drink, the carbohydrates are broken down into the simple sugar glucose which is released into our blood.
A hormone created by the pancreas called insulin allows glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. If you have diabetes your insulin levels are affected, Type 1 means that you have stopped making it completely and Type 2 means that you aren’t releasing the right amount for your body.
How do I know if I have diabetes:
Common symptoms of diabetes include the following:
- Going to the toilet frequently with an increase at night
- Insatiable thirst
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Unexplained weight loss
- Genital itching or thrush
- Cuts and wounds take longer to heal
- Blurred vision
But there may be no symptoms at all and it could be picked up by a routine screening test if you have certain risk factors that your GP is concerned about.
If you think you have any of the symptoms above and are worried about your health, you can get an appointment quickly, often on the same day, with a GP at Pinches. Book your appointment today or for more information call our Reception team 01625 704777 or visit www.pinches.life
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