Unfortunately, many people with diabetes are unaware of the symptoms of the condition. New research indicates that many people who are diagnosed with diabetes did not spot the warning signs of their condition.
Early diagnosis is essential in relation to diabetes . Those that are diagnosed late face a greater risk of diabetes complications . These may include amputation, neuropathy, kidney disease, heart disease, retinopathy and stroke.
The figures, highlighted by diabetes charity Diabetes UK, indicated that 56 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes had no idea that they had the disease. Signals and symptoms of diabetes include a strong need to urinate, a feeling of thirst, a feeling of extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, blurring of vision and slow healing.
Diabetes UK chief executive Douglas Smallwood was reported as saying: “We need to make sure that people are aware of the risk factors and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and we need to encourage them to ask for a diabetes test if they are at risk of developing the condition. Diabetes awareness is key if we want to prevent people from facing a future of ill health: being diagnosed early means that you are less likely to develop the serious complications of diabetes.”

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