Diabetes Week 2019 runs from 10 – 16 June.
The aim of Diabetes Week is to raise awareness and help to tackle some of the stigma that people with diabetes feel.
In acknowledgement of Diabetes Week we have put together some interesting facts and information.
Did You Know?
- One in 15 people live with diabetes
- That equates to 4.7 million people in the UK, and includes one million people who don’t even know that they have it
- Your risk of having diabetes increases with age. You are more at risk if you are over 40
- You are more likely to get diabetes if you have a parent, sibling or child with diabetes
- People with high blood pressure carry a higher risk of having diabetes
- You are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, and especially if you carry weight around your waist
- A sedentary lifestyle is linked with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, so regular exercise is important
Common Symptoms of Diabetes include:
- Urinating frequently, especially at night
- Feeling really thirsty
- Being more tired than usual
- Losing weight without trying to
- Cuts and wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision
Why does diabetes cause these symptoms?
These symptoms occur because some or all of the glucose (sugar) you are consuming stays in the blood, and is not being used as fuel for energy.
The body then tries to reduce blood glucose levels by flushing excess glucose out of the body in the urine.
This in turn causes dehydration and feeling thirsty.
Drinking more is also how the body encourages you to flush glucose out of the body.
Not everyone gets symptoms. Six out of ten people have no symptoms when they are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes requires you to inject or infuse insulin. You may also need to take other medications.
There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Treatment for Type 2 diabetes includes medications that help your body make more insulin or use insulin more effectively.
You may also need to take insulin.
Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be controlled with a strict diet and regular exercise alone.
However, diabetes is a progressive disease, and you may need to take medications and insulin later in life.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
Some people are told that they are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, but…
More than half of these cases can be prevented or delayed.
You can reduce your risk by:
- Eating well
- Moving more
- Being at a healthy weight
You can find more information about Diabetes and Diabetes Week at the Diabetes website.