June 2013 - Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. There are two types of diabetes:

In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to produce any insulin. It usually starts in childhood or young adulthood, and is treated with diet control and insulin injections.

In type 2 diabetes, not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is made by the body doesn't work properly. It tends to affect people as they get older and usually appears after the age of 40, but increasingly is seen in younger, overweight people.

Diabetes that isn't controlled can cause many serious long-term problems. Excess glucose in the blood can damage the blood vessels, contributing to heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, impotence and nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in people of working age. People with diabetes are also 15 per cent more likely to have an amputation than people without the condition.

It is important to have regular checks, and be aware of the symptoms and how to reduce the risks. Clarity Healthcare can provide literature (leaflets and posters), raise awareness through health promotion days, workshops, and seminars.

For further information, contact Clarity Healthcare on 0161 443 0000 or email enq@clarityoh.co.uk.

 



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