The figures above are both staggering and sobering. The figures include mixture of diagnosed and undiagnosed people and the number of sufferers has trebled since 1996, when there were 1.4 million diabetes sufferers. By 2025, it is estimated that this figure will grow to 5 million.
Type 2 Diabetes is on the hunt for our health. But do not despair – there is hope. To stay out of its clutches, we need to turn our backs on our old unhealthy habits and thus escape the harms that having Type 2 Diabetes can cause.
It’s time for the public to know more about the causes of this illness and to learn about the associated risk factors. Support is at hand, and we can point adults who are at risk from T2D in the right direction towards support and recovery.
Type 2 Diabetes - Common questions
So, what is diabetes?
Diabetes is usually a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood glucose (sugar) level to become too high. Problems with the production of the pancreatic hormone insulin, cause the two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 – this is where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin
Type 2 – this is where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body's cells don't react to insulin
Do I have diabetes?
The common symptoms of diabetes include:
- 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
To find out more about diabetes visit NHS Inform.
Complications of diabetes
Over a long period of time, high glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet, and your kidneys. These are known as the complications of diabetes. But with the right treatment and care, you can live a healthy life. Those people choosing to live healthier lifestyles are at much less risk of experiencing these complications.
Why do I need to be aware of diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. This means glucose stays in the blood and isn't used as fuel for energy.
Particularly, if you’re a man over 40, your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes increases the older and more overweight you are. However, making lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and even reverse the disease.
Act now and walk away from the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
If you think you may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, or if you have been recently identified as having the condition, there are a number of steps and small lifestyle changes you can take to prevent or to help reverse the disease.
- losing weight if you're overweight, and maintaining a healthy weight
- eating a healthy, balanced diet
- stopping smoking if you smoke
- drinking alcohol in moderation
- taking plenty of regular exercise
We know that this is not always easy, but you are not alone, and free help and advice is available now to start you on your journey and help you to walk away from Type 2 Diabetes.
Don’t delay…get in touch today
NHS Fife offers a range of free health and confidential improvement programmes, tailored to your own circumstances, so why not join the hundreds of Fifers have already benefited and been able to walk away from the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
To follow in their footsteps, you can sign up now by calling 01383 674086 or filling in this online form.
NHS Fife's Adult Weight Management Type 2 diabetes service
NHS Inform Diabetes
Diabetes Scotland: Diabetes in your area
NHS Fife provides a range of ways in which you can communicate with us. You can use our website with its accessible functions, these will help you find and understand the information you need. You can also find a variety of translated materials in community languages and in British Sign Language.
If you require interpreting services, you can contact us by emailing [email protected], by calling 01592 729130, or using the NHS Fife SMS text service on 07805800005 which is available for people who have a hearing or speech impairment.