Research conducted by the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth shows almost one in twelve Deaf people have higher than normal blood sugar levels, a warning sign for diabetes.
To coincide with Diabetes Week 2015, we want to highlight issues raised in the Sick Of It report, and offer advice for those who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their first language.
The Sick Of It report was the first large scale study into the health of Deaf people.
As a result, SignHealth have been working with NHS Choices and various health charities to make spoken and written information accessible. We now have the world’s largest collection of BSL health videos, including information about diabetes.
Diabetes Information in BSL
- What is diabetes? – What are sugar levels? How long do you have diabetes for? What is insulin?
- Risk Factors – Can your weight cause diabetes? What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
- Diabetes Symptoms – Do you need to wee more than normal? Do you always feel thirsty?
- Hypers and Hypos – What is a hyper? What is a hypo?
Deaf Diabetes UK (DDUK) is the only Deaf-led organisation supporting Deaf BSL users who have diabetes.
They campaign for better Deaf access and support people living with the condition.
The organisation is run by Deaf volunteers. Click here for more information about Deaf Diabetes UK.
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