DIABETES is a life-long condition and there are two types of the illness which both have common symptoms.
It’s important that if you have diabetes it gets treated as soon as possible because if it’s left undiagnosed then your condition could worsen.
With type 1 diabete, a person’s pancreas produces no insulin, but in type 2, cells in the body become resistant to insulin, so a greater amount of insulin is needed to keep blood glucose levels within a normal range.
To get diagnosed you need to see your GP – but first you need to spot the key symptoms of the illness, so it’s important to know what to look out for.
Dr Mohan Sekeram, who is GP in Merton, Londra, explained that diabetes is a condition where you may have too much sugar inside your body.
Posting to Tic toc, he revealed some of the key signs and said you should always contact your doctor if you have any concerns.
Egli ha detto: “You may find that you’re passing a lot more urine than normal. This is because your body is trying to get rid of as much sugar as possible.
“As a result you may find yourself more thirsty and drink a lot more fluids.”
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Dr Sekeram added that you might find that you also experience blurred vision and that cuts and bruises might take a lot longer to heal.
“You may also experience some tingling in your hands and feet”, Ha aggiunto.
Along with these symptoms he listed the other key signs as:
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
“If you notice any of these symptoms, for yourself or for a loved one, then please do contact a health care professional to get further advice.
“It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will progressively get worse if left untreated”, Ha aggiunto.
In the comments section of the video he added that lifestyle changes can have a big impact on people who have diabetes.
He also explained that diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to utilise glucose and that it’s because of this that symptoms develop.
If you think you have diabetes then it’s likely your GP will send you for a fasting blood test which will be able to help confirm this.
You have to go for a fasting blood test as this is the most accurate way to check the amount of sugars in your blood.
MONITOR YOUR LEVELS
If you are then diagnosed with diabetes you will be given a treatment plan which, depending on the type of diabetes you have, will mean you have to take insulin.
You will also have to have a healthy and balanced diet which will help regulate your blood sugar levels.
Experts have previously revealed the foods you should avoid in order to stop your blood sugar spiking.
Diabetics are urged to monitor their sugar levels and if you’re diabetic it’s likely you will have been given a device so you can do this at home.
You will be told what your average blood sugar level is and this is referred to as your HbA1c level.
While they differ for everyone, the NHS says that if you monitor your levels at home then a normal target is 4 to 7mmol/l before eating and under 8.5 to 9mmol/l 2 hours after a meal.
If it’s tested every few months then a normal HbA1c target is below 48mmol/mol (o 6.5% on the older measurement scale).