Condition affects more than 3 million in the UK
Monday marks the start of Diabetes Week, which intends to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds for research. The week’s organisers, Diabetes UK, also want to tackle the stigma many people with diabetes feel. They say: “We want people to see diabetes differently.”
According to Diabetes.co.uk, the amount of people with some form of the condition in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996. This number is expected to rise to an astonishing 5 million by 2025.
At present, there are an estimated 500,000 people in the country living with undiagnosed diabetes.
Diabetes is generally split into two types: 1 and 2. Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1, but there are also other rarer forms.
Type 1 diabetes causes the body to attack its own pancreas, resulting in a lack of insulin being produced. Sufferers have to take insulin, usually through injection, to counter-act this.
Type 2 diabetes, the more common form, is generally thought of as the milder condition. The pancreas does produce insulin, but either not enough or it is simply not very effective.
The condition doesn’t necessarily discriminate about lifestyle or diet, and can be developed at any age. According to MedicineNet, general symptoms of diabetes are as follows:
- Excessive thirst or hunger
- Weight loss or gain
- Needing to urinate frequently
- Fatigue, nausea or irritability
- Tingling feeling in limbs
Because of the amount of people living with undiagnosed diabetes is so high, it is important to not take chances. If you are experiencing any of the previous symptoms, make sure to check in with a doctor.