Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in the blood. It occurs when there is not enough effective insulin in the body. Insulin is a hormone which is required to allow the body to use sugar. Untreated, diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cause blindness and nerve damage.
What are the symptoms?
- Passing urine frequently (every hour or so)
- Feeling thirsty most of the time
- Tiredness and lack of energy
- A tendency to get infections, especially of the skin
- (In children) loss of weight
You can see your doctor for a simple blood test if you suspect you may have diabetes or for any advice.
Diabetes which is not managed properly can lead to damage of the heart, eyes, kidney and feet. A FREE annual diabetes check is available for eligible patients. This is important to prevent or delay any further damage. Please ring to make a double appointment with the nurse.