This Diabetes Week, which takes place from 11 to 17 June 2017, local GPs are raising awareness of the support available in South Lincolnshire, the symptoms to look out for and the things that people can do to reduce their risk of developing the condition.
Today, 65 people will die early from the condition and hundreds more will face life-changing complications that could have been avoided or delayed if they'd had the right knowledge and support to manage their diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
Currently, there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, as well as an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
The main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes include:
passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
unexplained weight loss
genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
slow healing of cuts and wounds
If you have any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your GP. Early diagnosis, treatment and good control of diabetes is can help to reduce the chances of developing serious diabetes complications in the future.
Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. But up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives – such as eating healthier, getting more active, quitting smoking or limiting your alcohol intake.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG said:
“If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with diabetes, you should speak to your GP. It might not be anything serious, but if it is diabetes, the earlier that you start to take control of your condition the better.
“Being diagnosed with diabetes can feel overwhelming, but the NHS is here to help. If you are at all worried about your diabetes, don’t hesitate to speak to your GP.
“It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. Support groups can be a great help and can give you the opportunity to express how you’re feeling in a safe space and connect others in a similar position.