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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which there is too much glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. There are different types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
The amount of glucose in the blood is normally kept steady by a hormone called insulin.

In type 1 diabetes the pancreas produces no insulin at all.
In type 2 diabetes the pancreas does produce some insulin but the body does not use it very well this is called insulin resistance.

Diabetes can progress. This happens if the pancreas produces even less insulin.
 
Diabetes is a condition that needs to be checked on a regular basis, as it is a condition that will change over time. Once you have diabetes it will not go away. But by keeping glucose levels under control you can limit the complications of diabetes such as heart attacks / strokes, blindness, limb amputation, kidney damage, circulation problems and erectile dysfunction.

Signs & Symptons

  • Blurred vision
     
  • Tiredness
     
  • Feeling more thirsty than usual
     
  • Needing to pass more urine than usual
    (and maybe even getting up through the night to go to the toilet)
     
  • Having wounds which are slow to heal
     
  • Repeated infections
     
  • For men - difficulty in getting an erection

Some people have all these symptoms and some have none at all. If you do have symptoms and these persist you must go see your G.P to confirm if you have diabetes.
 

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