Diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood to become too high. If left untreated Diabetes can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
- It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.
- It’s a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.
It is caused by problems with a hormone in the body called insulin. It’s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
Simple lifestyle changes around diet, activity levels and weight management can often prevent or delay the condition.
1. Understand the problem and what you can do, in this video
2. Check your risk on the Diabetes UK charity website
- if your risk is high, access the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme here at SAMC
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