Discover the Truth About Diabetes – Including Its Symptoms & How to Get Tested for It!
As nations throughout the world become more developed, diabetes is becoming more and more common.
According to estimates, nearly 6% of the UK population, or one in 16, currently have diabetes.
Why? Because people are more overweight and inactive than ever before.
Currently diabetes is the third leading cause of death behind only heart disease and cancer. And it is linked with complications that affect a person over their lifetime in all parts of their body – from eyes to feet, and from brain to heart.
For example, complications from diabetes can lead to:
● Kidney failure
● Heart disease
● Nerve damage
● Limb amputations
● And even death
Let’s Take a Quick Look at How Diabetes Works:
It is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use the insulin necessary for the body to absorb glucose (sugar).
The glucose then accumulates in the blood-stream until levels get dangerously high. These high blood sugar levels can cause blockages to form in a person’s arteries.
Diabetes can damage a person’s nervous system, which in turn can result in numbness, tingling and pain in the legs, feet and fingertips.
Most people with diabetes have other health problems as well, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol issues that increase one's risk of a heart attack and stroke.
There are two types of diabetes – Type I and Type II.
Type I – usually occurs in children and young adults and involves the body’s defense system attacking insulin-produced cells. Those with Type I Diabetes must inject insulin every day in order to control the levels of glucose in their blood.
Type II – usually occurs after the age of 40, but can occur earlier, and involves insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency.
So What Can You Do to Prevent or Delay Type II Diabetes?
The key is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But what exactly does a healthy lifestyle include?
Well, among other things you should:
● Get regular physical exercise
● Make sure you eat lots of fiber
● Also eat lots of whole grains
● Lose any excess weight that you may be carrying
Whether you have diabetes or are trying to prevent it, another important step is to start seeing a good general practitioner (GP) who believes in evidence-based medicine and preventive care.
Your doctor can help you understand what diabetes is, comprehend the different treatments available and then together the two of you can make a treatment or prevention plan and the doctor can be there to help make sure you stick with it.
It all starts with getting diagnosed. To do that you need to call 0207 402 4026 or visit connaughtsquarepractice.co.uk to schedule an appointment at The Connaught Square General Practice.
Your GP will ask about your symptoms and then will check your urine and arrange for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels.
Registering with the Connaught Square General Practice...
To discuss diabetes with a qualified GP, click here and complete the two online forms.
Alternatively, you can visit us at 41 Connaught Square, London W2 2HL and complete the two necessary forms in person.
(We are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.)
With the paperwork complete, your registration takes less than 24 hours to complete.