Do you suffer from diabetes? | Diabetes facts & advice is here!

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What is diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes. The two main types of diabetes are:

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Symptoms of diabetes

The main symptoms of diabetes are:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating frequently, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly, over weeks or even days. Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because early symptoms tend to be general.

What causes diabetes?

The amount of sugar in the blood is usually controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy. However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly.

Managing your diabetes

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Making changes and fitting the demands of diabetes into your lifestyle can be extremely challenging at times.

Effective diabetes care can only be achieved through working closely with your diabetes healthcare team – they are there to support you in self-managing your diabetes. The most important person in the team is YOU – because the decisions made will affect you. Taking responsibility for your diabetes will enable you to manage your diabetes more effectively.

Here is a link to help you manage with diabetes for life in 4 steps – Manage your diabetes

Diabetes monitors

Monitoring your diabetes is crucial to preventing some of the possible complications associated with diabetes. This involves knowing your blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fat levels, as well as the condition of your feet and getting your eyes and kidneys screened for early signs of damage.
 There are two aspects to monitoring your diabetes – the monitoring you do yourself at home, and the monitoring that your diabetes team will do for you.Blausen_0301_Diabetes_GlucoseMonitoring
Below is a variety of diabetes testing products we can offer you:
Below is a video on how to test your glucose levels.

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In the UK, current 2013 NHS diabetes diet advice is that there is no special diet for people with diabetes. Many people with diabetes focus on the carbohydrate content of their meals and prefer a low-carb diet for tight blood glucose level control.

The NHS (and Diabetes UK) recommend a healthy, balanced diet that is low in fat, sugar and salt and contain a high level of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Here is a video for ‘NHS Diet Advice for Diabetes‘  

 

Sources of info gathered – http://www.ndep.nih.gov/ – http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx – http://www.diabetes.co.uk/

Published by Jason Finch

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