There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and the more common Type 2.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body is unable to produce insulin.

Signs and symptoms are usually very obvious, developing rapidly over a few weeks and include:

• Increased thirst
• Frequent urination – especially at night
• Extreme tiredness
• Weight loss
• Blurred vision
• Slow healing of wounds

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops when either not enough insulin is produced or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

The signs and symptoms are not as obvious as in Type 1 diabetes or may even be non-existent. Therefore if any risks exist testing is important.

Several risk factors put you at higher risk of the disease including:

• Being overweight or obese
• Being of South Asian or Afro Caribbean descent
• Close family member with diabetes
• Previous history of heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure

Can It Be Treated?

Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be successfully treated. Treatment of diabetes aims to achieve blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as near to normal as possible. Together with a healthy lifestyle, this will help to improve wellbeing and protect against long-term damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and major arteries.

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How I can help

Early action is key to effective management of diabetes.

There are currently over 2 million people with diagnosed diabetes in the UK, however a further 750,000 people have diabetes but are undiagnosed.

If you have any symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, or any of the Type 2 risk factors, you should attend my clinic for testing.

If diagnosed with Diabetes, you may need a referral to an expert diabetologist for regular eye and other tests.

If necessary, I will tailor a comprehensive treatment plan for you, including recommendations for lifestyle improvements.

Not only will this improve your life expectancy, but you will begin to feel much better.