Did you know that there is one person diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes every 2 seconds? This year we want to help Diabetes UK #RewriteTheStory so people are aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for this #WorldDiabetesDay
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition that affects a hormone named insulin and results in patient glucose levels being higher than normal. It can lead to various medical conditions such as nerve & retina damage, dehydration and in more serious cases kidney disease, stroke or heart attack.
Know Your Risk
When thinking of the common symptoms of Diabetes, always remember about the 4T’s:
- Toilet – Needing the toilet more frequently
- Thirsty – Not being able to quench thirst
- Tired – Always exhausted and having no energy
- Thinner – Losing weight without trying to
Type 2 diabetes has a number of other risk factors such as:
- Smoking or Alcohol intake
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history
Find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by completing a short quiz on the Diabetes UK website, here.
The role Doctors can play in helping to manage Diabetes:
- General Practitioner (GP) – In regular charge of your care and treatment, they can monitor you at frequent check-ups. Depending on their expertise, they may refer patients to a diabetes clinic or hospital for specialist diabetes care.
- Diabetiologist or Endocrinologist – A Doctor with specialist training and experience in treating people with diabetes. They can best advice on treatment plans and how best to manage your diabetes going forward.
- Ophthalmologist – Oversee treatments and diagnose the types of retinopathy. They may play a more behind the scenes role and diagnosed patients may never need an Ophthalmologist but they look at photos of your eyes from eye screenings.
If you require more information on the signs and symptoms of Diabetes, treatment and how to live with the condition ensure to visit www.diabetes.org.uk
If you are interested in learning more about our Medical roles in this area, please contact us on 028 9059 0077 to discuss job opportunities further.