About 90% of us with diabetes have Type 2. The signs of diabetes Type 1 are similar, but easier to see. In both types most signs are caused by too much sugar in the blood (hyperglycaemia). You can recognise this in these six ways [ref.15]:
- Excessive thirst
- Very frequent going to toilet to pee
- Sight blurs
- Weight loss
- Tiredness, often
- Repeat skin infections.
Diabetes diagnosis and treatment
Early diagnosis and treatment by a doctor is important, including... , so as to reduce the risks of complications. At present many Type 2 cases are only diagnosed when the person comes forward already with a complication. 750,000 people are estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes in the UK .
Diabetes emergency first aid:
- Give a glucose tablet (quickest) or something else sweet to eat, or a very sugary drink. Chocolate is too slow!
- Reassure the person. If no improvement, call 999.
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