World Diabetes Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes as a global public health issue and what needs to be done, collectively and individually, for better prevention, diagnosis and management of the condition.
This year’s theme is ‘access to diabetes education’.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to rise above normally expected levels. New figures from the 10th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas reveal that 537 million adults worldwide are living with diabetes.
How will I know if I have diabetes?
Diabetes can cause a variety of symptoms. If you are diabetic, you may:
• feel very thirsty
• urinate frequently, particularly at night
• feel constantly tired
• experience weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Untreated diabetes can lead to a variety of different health problems. High blood sugar levels can damage organs, nerves and blood vessels, causing them to become blocked and leaky. Even mildly raised blood sugar levels that do not cause any symptoms can have damaging effects in the long term.
It is important to visit us at the Duchess Hospital or your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment is likely to reduce your risk of developing complications later in life.
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