Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes.

This week, 11th – 17th June 2017 is Diabetes Week. Organisations such as Diabetes UK are working tirelessly to raise awareness of the problems associated with diabetes, which can seriously impact quality of life, not only of those that have it, but of family members too.

Diabetes affects the whole body, in particular, the feet, kidneys and eyes. It can cause blindness and is in fact one of the leading causes of blindness in the working population in the developed world.

I’m not going to sit here and give you the science behind diabetes… that’s easily available online. Nor am I going to try and hammer home what we should be doing to prevent the onset of diabetes… we all know the importance of good lifestyle habits.

What I will say though, is that early detection of diabetes is imperative. And by that, I mean getting regular checks from when you are in your 30’s. Diabetes is not strictly a disease of the elderly, which is the common misconception. Did you know that from the age of 40, the NHS will screen for a number of conditions, including diabetes? Make use of this service… it could make all the difference.

Annual eye tests are important too. This is where diabetes is often picked up. With the vast improvements in digital retinal imaging, there should be no excuse for missing diabetes.

Know Diabetes. Fight diabetes.

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