The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has soared by nearly 60 percent in the last ten years, according to Diabetes UK.
Diabetes UK says more than 3.3 million people in the UK have some form of diabetes. The charity says there needs to be better treatment and prevention of the disease, which is a huge expense for the NHS.
People with diabetes are unable to control the amount of sugar in their blood. The disease can have a number of serious complications, including blindness, heart attack, stroke and amputation of limbs. Symptoms of diabetes include feeling thirsty, urinating more frequently than usual, tiredness, weight loss and blurred vision.
What is Diabetes (BSL)?
90 per cent of cases of diabetes are Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and diet. In Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body’s cells don’t react to insulin. In some cases, you can control your symptoms by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and monitoring your blood glucose levels. However, the condition is progressive so you may eventually need to some medication.
In 2014, SignHealth launched the world’s first large scale study into the health of Deaf people.
Our researchers found that almost one in twelve Deaf people had higher than normal blood sugar levels, a warning sign for diabetes.
That figure is nearly four times the rate of pre-diabetic cases in the rest of the population.
People with Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce a hormone called insulin, which controls blood sugar levels. In Type 1 the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. The condition usually develops before your 40s, often in childhood or teenage years. If you have Type 1 you will need insulin injections for the rest of our life. You will also have to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced by monitoring your food intake and carrying out regular blood tests.
“These figures are a stark warning and reveal the increasing cost of diabetes. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to get serious about lifestyle change.”