Are you worried that you may have diabetes?
Having some of the signs of diabetes doesn’t mean you definitely have the condition, but you should consider getting advice and we are here to help at Dears Pharmacy.
The common symptoms of diabetes
- Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
- Being really thirsty
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Losing weight without trying to
- Genital itching or thrush
- Cuts and wounds take longer to heal
- Blurred vision
Why does diabetes create these symptoms?
These symptoms occur because some or all of the glucose stays in the blood, and isn’t being used as fuel for energy. The body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by flushing the excess glucose out of the body in the urine. High levels of glucose being passed in the urine are a perfect breeding ground for the fungal infection which causes thrush.
I have some diabetes symptoms. What now?
If you have any of symptoms of diabetes, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, but it’s worth checking – early diagnosis, treatment and good control are vital for good health and reduce the chances of developing serious complications. Our pharmacists are here to help with testing your blood glucose levels.
What happens if you ignore the signs of diabetes?
It’s hard to ignore the signs of Type 1 diabetes because symptoms can often appear quite quickly. But leaving it untreated can lead to serious health problems, including diabetic ketoacidosis, which can result in a potentially fatal coma.
The majority of people with Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood, the symptoms are the same at any age. Adults with Type 1 diabetes may not recognise their symptoms as quickly as children, which could mean their diagnosis and treatment may be delayed.
Type 2 diabetes can be easier to miss as it develops more slowly, especially in the early stages when it can be harder to spot the symptoms. But untreated diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Being diagnosed early and controlling your blood sugar levels can help prevent these complications.
Diabetes risk factors
About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before you find out you have it.
That’s why it’s very important to know the risk factors and find out your risk, so you can do something about it.
Risk increases with age
Your risk increases with age. You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian.
You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes you are two to four times more likely
Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent.
High blood pressure
You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.
You’re more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.
At Dears Pharmacy, our pharmacists and their teams can support you with helping to identify if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, offering you lifestyle advice and appropriate intervention to reduce your risk.
- Identify if you are at risk of undiagnosed diabetes
- Answer questions about diabetes and related health conditions.
- Offer guidance on the proper use of medications and other supplies used to treat diabetes.
- Reduce the risk of complications through early detection of diabetes and by contributing to the management of the risk factors for complications.
What diabetes care products do we offer:
- Blood glucose testing- We offer this as part of our health check service and includes checking your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Blood glucose monitoring systems – blood glucose meters, test strips and lancets
- Diabetic foot testing kit- to help identify if you are at risk of diabetic foot
- Foot care products – foot care accessories, foot creams and heel balms
Call in to your local Dears Pharmacy for support and advice in our locations in Edinburgh & Fife.