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Could you be diabetic? Some Tell-tale Signs...

How do you know if you're diabetic? As with any condition, there are some signs and symptoms to look out for - so to help you better understand if you're one of the 12.3 million people here in the UK who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, we've put together this guide. Read on for more information.

What is type 2 diabetes?

If you've ever wondered what exactly diabetes is, you can now wonder no more. It's a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high), and it can affect your everyday life and may mean you need regular check-ups and frequent need for medication.

What's certainly worth knowing is that, according to the NHS, lots of people have type 2 diabetes without even realising. The reason? Most of the condition's symptoms won't actually make you feel unwell, so you may find there is no initial cause for alarm as far as your daily routine is concerned. That said, any new symptoms you're experiencing shouldn't be ignored.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include peeing more than usual (particularly at night), feeling thirsty all the time, feeling tired, and losing weight without trying to. If you're suffering from the condition, you might also experience itching around your penis or vagina, or you may repeatedly get thrush. Cuts or wounds will also take longer to heal, and you might have blurred vision as well.

Who's at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

If you have a close relative with diabetes, you're at higher risk of getting the condition too. A close relative is classified as a parent, brother or sister. Overweight or obese people may also be at risk, as well as those of south Asian, Chinese, African Caribbean or black African origin – even if you were born in the UK.

 

How can you find out if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes?

Want to find out if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes? The NHS has a handy tool over on its website, which will help you identify if you could be one of many to get the condition. Give it a try here.

What to do next...

Are you worried you may have diabetes? If so, the NHS site advises you to see your GP at your earliest convenience. He or she will then be able to assess your symptoms and come to a diagnosis, if required. You'll usually need a blood test, which you may have to go to your local health centre for if it can't be done at your GP surgery.

If you have diabetes, you'll have to keep an eye on your diet, too, limiting your intake of certain foods. It's also important to stay active and not to be tempted to skip meals. Seeking the advice of someone you know with the condition will help you come to terms with a diagnosis, so do reach out to a friendly ear or two.

Have any questions about diabetes? Perhaps you're concerned you may have it, or you may suspect a family member is suffering. Do feel free to leave a comment, or share your support for fellow sufferers below. Alternatively, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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