Did you know that there is one person diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes every 2 seconds? This year we want to help Diabetes UK #RewriteTheStory so people are aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for this #WorldDiabetesDay
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition that affects a hormone named insulin and results in patient glucose levels being higher than normal. It can lead to various medical conditions such as nerve & retina damage, dehydration and in more serious cases kidney disease, stroke or heart attack.
Know Your Risk
When thinking of the common symptoms of Diabetes, always remember about the 4T’s:
- Toilet – Needing the toilet more frequently
- Thirsty – Not being able to quench thirst
- Tired – Always exhausted and having no energy
- Thinner – Losing weight without trying to
Type 2 diabetes has a number of other risk factors such as:
- Smoking or Alcohol intake
- High blood pressure
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history
Find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by completing a short quiz on the Diabetes UK website, here.
The role Allied Health Professionals can play in helping to manage Diabetes:
- Dietitian – Will help make the necessary changes needed to live with Diabetes by advising on foods to introduce and avoid in their diet and create an effective meal plan.
- Occupational Therapists – Can advise on tools and skills necessary to control blood glucose and avoid long term complications due to hyperglycaemia.
- Podiatrist – Will treat any side effects caused to the feet or legs.
If you require more information on the signs and symptoms of Diabetes, treatment and how to live with the condition ensure to visit www.diabetes.org.uk
If you are interested in learning more about our Allied Health roles in this area, please contact us on 028 9059 0077 to discuss job opportunities further.