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In the UK, there are 4.5 million people with the condition and everyday 65 people will die early from this, whilst hundreds more face life-changing complications. This life-long health condition occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high. This is due to the body not being able to use it properly.
It is important to spot the symptoms of the condition and visit a doctor if you have any suspicions. Diabetes is a manageable condition with the correct treatment. This said, be sure to look out for:
- Feeling very thirsty
- Urinating more frequently, particularly at night
- Feeling very tired
- Weight loss
- Frequent episodes of thrush
- Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
- Blurred vision
If any type of diabetes is left untreated, type 1 or type 2, high levels of glucose in the blood can cause serious health complications.
It can impact various parts of the body including eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and feet.
There are ways you can reduce your chances of developing these complications:
- Control your blood pressure and glucose levels
- Keeping a healthy lifestyle and remaining active
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy body weight
Having diabetes does not mean you have to have a sugar-free diet. People with diabetes should follow a healthy balanced diet- that is low in fat, salt and sugar. Consumption of fruit should be encouraged as it is high in fibre, low in fat and full of vitamins. This helps protect against heart disease, cancer and certain stomach problems.
It is sometimes thought that those with diabetes can’t eat grapes and bananas as they taste sweet, but this is not the case and you can still achieve good blood glucose levels.
If you are living with diabetes, it is best to eat regular meals in smaller portions. Space meals evenly throughout the day and try using smaller plates.
Be aware of the amount of carbs you are eating and try to choose a healthier option by switching to wholegrain.
Also, be sure to cut back on saturated fats and salt, as it is associated with high blood pressure which leads to increased risks of complications.
It’s also important to keep hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of fluid a day.
Limit how much sugary drinks and alcohol you are consuming, but you are still able to have sugar on occasion.
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