- 3 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK
- 850,000 people have the condition but don’t know it
- 5 million people in the UK are predicted to have diabetes by 2025
- The current spend by the NHS on treating diabetes is £10bn
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Extreme tiredness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Genital itching or thrush
Type 1 Diabetes
- Is caused by the body not producing enough insulin
- Has nothing to do with lifestyle or weight
- Often starts in childhood
- Accounts for 10% of adults with diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
- Occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a good glucose level
- Obesity can be a contributing factor
- Accounts for 90% of adults with diabetes
- People who have diabetes can eat sugar but it shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your energy intake. That’s roughly 70g for men and 50g for women per day.
- Stress doesn’t cause diabetes, although it may make symptoms worse in people who already have diabetes.
- Type 2 Diabetes isn’t a mild form of diabetes. It’s a serious condition that if not treated properly can lead to serious health risks.
Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Shedding pounds will drastically reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes. Eight in 10 people who have diabetes are overweight, so if you’re overweight or obese, it’s time to think about cutting back.
Change your diet
A diet that’s low in fat, salt and sugar, that contains a lot of fruit and veg will reduce your cholesterol levels, and thus your risk of diabetes. Eating a lot of processed meat is also though to increase your risk of diabetes by as much as 40%.
We all know the link between smoking and cancer, but smoking is also linked to diabetes. This is because smoking increases blood pressure, which is known to be a major cause of diabetes.
For more information about diabetes, visit: http://www.diabetes.org.uk