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Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high. It can happen when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or when you can’t produce any at all.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
If you don’t have diabetes, your pancreas senses when glucose has entered your bloodstream and releases the right amount of insulin, so the glucose can get into your cells. But if you have diabetes, this system doesn’t work properly.
The common symptoms of diabetes include:
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, people can live a healthy life. And there’s much less risk that someone will experience these complications.
If you think you may have diabetes please contact your GP to discuss your symptoms.
For more information about diabetes please visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and want further information or support, Diabetes UK Sheffield branch can help please visit https://sheffield.diabetesukgroup.org/ or ask your practice nurse to send them your details.
For help with weight loss you can visit https://www.livelightersheffield.com/ or ask your practice nurse to refer you.
Some people may have a blood sugar level that is higher than usual, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is called prediabetes, and means you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
If you have prediabetes you can attend the diabetes prevention programme, more details are available at https://healthieryou.reedwellbeing.com/