To celebrate Diabetes Awareness Week (June 11-17), people are urged to take action to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes, which is lifestyle related.
About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2. The disease can develop slowly, usually in their 40s. You may not have symptoms or the symptoms may not be obvious, which means that people can pass. years without realizing they have it.
If not properly controlled, diabetes can lead to serious complications. It is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the United Kingdom, according to Diabetes UK. People with the condition may develop hypoglycemia if their blood sugar level is too low, which can cause tremors, sweating, palpitations and blurred vision. Diabetes can damage sensations in the feet that, if left untreated, can cause foot ulcers, infections and, in the worst case, amputations.
Cardiovascular diseases are more common in people with diabetes who can cause heart disease, stroke and other diseases of the heart and circulation. Other complications include kidney problems and nerve damage. People with diabetes can develop diabetic ketoacidosis or enter a hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, both potentially fatal.
Claire Morgan-Hughes, who runs Devon Fit Camp in Ivybridge, is particularly interested in raising awareness about diabetes among men.
He said: "Unfortunately, it is quite common for men to feel uncomfortable talking about their health and that we need to act now to change things … More people than ever are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, if nothing changes at the pace Currently, more than five million people will have diabetes in the United Kingdom by 2025. "
Claire suggests five steps men can take to reduce their risk of developing the condition. These are:
Reduces abdominal fat because it can surround vital organs and increases the body's resistance to the hormone insulin, which can cause type 2 diabetes
Exercise regularly to reduce blood glucose levels and control weight
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Limit takeaway and processed foods that may be high in salt, fat and calories
Limit alcohol consumption that can increase blood pressure, weight, and triglyceride levels
Devon Fit Camp offers 50-minute workouts and support with nutrition.
Specsavers in Plymouth marks the Diabetes Awareness Week by reminding people with diabetes how important it is to undergo regular eye exams.
Sophie Castell, Director of Relations at RNIB, said: "Unfortunately, too often, people with diabetes can lose their sight due to complications, but with early detection through regular eye exams and specialized eye detection for diabetics followed by timely treatment, can prevent vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy.We are very grateful for the support of Specsavers staff.
Dr. Josie Forte, store manager at Plymouth, said: "Many people do not know that eye tests are not only critical to their eyes, but also to their health. Free of charge as part of a standard eye test for clients over the age of 40. This takes a detailed picture of the back of your eye and the blood microcirculation, helping to highlight the diabetes indicators that must be addressed along with the screening program Ocular for diabetics. "
For more information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk