Diabetes occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood becomes higher than normal. There are two main types of diabetes – type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes.
Whenever we have something to eat or drink, this is broken down in the digestive tract into sugars. The main sugar is called glucose and this passes from the digestive system into the bloodstream. It is important for our blood glucose level to be tightly regulated and not go too high or too low. A hormone called insulin controls this regulation. With diabetes we either do not make enough insulin to allow effective control of our blood sugar, or the insulin that we do produce cannot be used by the body properly. This causes the blood sugar levels to be abnormally high.
The symptoms of diabetes include;
- Being thirsty a lot of the time
- Passing large amounts of urine
- Weight loss
- Regular infections
- Unusually long time for cuts and sores to heal
It is important to detect diabetes early on to help prevent any of the complications that are associated with diabetes developing. It is easy to diagnose diabetes by a blood test that checks the level of glucose in the blood. If a diagnosis if diabetes is made, we are happy to discuss the further investigations and management needed.
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