Diabetes Week 2019 – See Diabetes Differently

Diabetes Week 2019 logo - 10th June to the 16th June #seediabetesdifferently

Changing Attitudes towards Diabetes

Diabetes is a complicated condition and it can be difficult to fully understand its impact on those who have it. Diabetes Week gets underway on the 10th June and aims to tackle this problem by increasing the public’s understanding of diabetes. 

Every year Diabetes Week brings people together to share their stories, increase awareness and get people talking openly. Talking about the implications of diabetes can often be difficult, for both healthcare professionals and those with the condition. Especially when it comes to complications such as sight loss, foot problems and amputation. 

Major health risk for the United Kingdom

Diabetes is predicted to become a major health crisis for the UK population. The condition can have a major impact on an individual and at an advanced stage, it can lead to various health issues. As a result, it is vitally important that people understand the causes in order to limit the risk of becoming diabetic. The condition currently afflicts more people in the UK than any other serious health condition.

There are two types of Diabetes, but both cause people to have too much sugar in their blood. When sugar enters your blood stream, your pancreas releases insulin in order to get the energy into your cells. However, if you have diabetes, this system does not do its job properly. This can lead to an excess of sugar in your blood, which can have very serious implications.

Diabetes warning signs

In its early stages, there are a few warning signs of diabetes to look out for. Urinating frequently, being very thirsty, feeling more tired than usual, weight loss, yeast infections, blurred vision and cuts taking longer to heal are some of the main symptoms. If you have been suffering from some of these symptoms we recommend making an appointment with your GP.

In addition to raising awareness, Diabetes Week hopes to raise funds for the work carried out by Diabetes UK. Hundreds of events and fundraising activities are already planned for this year so be sure to check them out and get involved.

Get involved

If you have diabetes yourself, know someone who does or simply want to help the cause please go to the the Diabetes UK website for more information (link below).

www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

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