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DOCTOR CALLING: Dealing with diabetes

By Spalding Today Columnist

During Diabetes Week, which runs from June 10-16, local GPs are raising awareness of the support available in Lincolnshire East, the symptoms to look out for and the things that people can do to reduce their risk of developing the condition.

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Currently there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, as well as an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.

The main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes include:

* passing urine more often than usual, especially at night

* increased thirst

* extreme tiredness

* unexplained weight loss

* genital itching or regular episodes of thrush

* slow healing of cuts and wounds

* blurred vision

Contact your GP if you spot any of the symptoms. (12144701)
Contact your GP if you spot any of the symptoms. (12144701)

If you have any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your GP practice. Early diagnosis, treatment and good control of diet can help to reduce the chances of developing serious diabetes complications in the future.

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. But up to 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives – such as eating healthier, getting more active, quitting smoking or limiting your alcohol intake.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with diabetes, you should speak to your surgery. It might not be anything serious, but if it is diabetes, the earlier that you start to take control of your condition the better.

Being diagnosed with diabetes can feel overwhelming, but the NHS is here to help. If you are at all worried about your diabetes, don’t hesitate to speak to your GP practice.

It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. Support groups can be a great help and can give you the opportunity to express how you’re feeling in a safe space and connect others in a similar position.

The Diabetes UK website has more details on local support groups in your area. If you want to get in touch with a trained counsellor directly, you can call the Diabetes UK care line on 0345 123 2399 (Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm), or email careline@diabetes.org.uk.


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