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a presentation of what diabetes it, the types and the symptoms.

a presentation of what diabetes it, the types and the symptoms.

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  • 1.  Over 2.9 million people have diabetes in the UK (Source: Diabetes UK). Diabetes is where the glucose in your blood is too high and your body can’t use it properly . This is because you do not have enough (or any) insulin to move glucose into your cells where it is needed. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
  • 2.  Type 1 diabetes means your body does not produce any insulin. The cells which produce insulin in your body have been destroyed. Doctors are still unsure as to why this happens. Type 1 diabetes can be found in 5-15% of all diabetes suffers and is managed through a healthy diet, exercise and daily insulin injections.
  • 3.  Type 2 diabetes is found in 85- 95% of diabetes sufferers. It is when the body produces a small amount of insulin which is not enough for your body, or when the insulin doesn’t work properly. This type of diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. Often medication or insulin is also required. It is becoming increasingly common with children, adolescents and young people.
  • 4. Some of the symptoms of diabetes are: Tiredness Blurred Vision Thirst Needing the toilet more often than normal Recurring infections Slow healing woundsIf you have any of these symptoms, we wouldadvise you to take a test for diabetes and visit yourGP
  • 5.  You can’t have sugar – FALSE ◦ You can have sugar, you just have to balance how much you have You can only eat ‘diabetic’ foods– FALSE ◦ Again, balance is the key Diabetes sufferers all go blind– FALSE ◦ Although it is true some diabetes sufferers go blind, you can reduce your risk by keeping healthy People with diabetes can’t play sport- FALSE ◦ Sufferers are encouraged to keep active to reduce your risk of heart disease or other complications