Diabetes – do you know the symptoms?
Common Symptoms of Diabetes
- Feeling very thirsty
- Frequent urination
- Constant hunger, even though you’ve eaten
- Feeling very tired
- Blurry vision
- Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss, even if your diet hasn’t changed (Type 1)
- Tingling or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)
The number of people in the UK currently living with diabetes is around 3.5 million. But it’s estimated that a further half a million people have the condition but are yet to be diagnosed. This means that a staggering 1 in 16 of us living in the UK have diabetes. That’s about 6% of the UK population.
Diabetes is a condition which impairs the body’s ability to produce (Type 1 diabetes) or respond to (Type 2 diabetes) the hormone insulin. This causes abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and raised levels of glucose in the blood. Since the body also turns carbohydrates we eat into glucose, people with diabetes must monitor what they eat to ensure the levels of glucose in the blood are neither too high or too low and remain balanced.
Early detection of diabetes is key, as in the initial stages the most common form of diabetes (Type 2) can often be controlled by diet and lifestyle changes. Diabetes is just one of the many conditions we can check for during our Health Screenings, but you can also ensure you’re aware of the warning signs and risk factors.