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How to diagnose diabetes

In this article, we will be taking a look at how to diagnose diabetes and what the warning signs are to look out for. There are approximately one third of sufferers who are unaware that they have the condition and it can only diagnosed by a blood test. Let's take a look at some of the symptoms of diabetes.

What are the symptoms?

Thirst and frequent urination There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2 The symptoms are the same for the both, but the treatment can be a lot different. The first signs will be excessive thirst and frequent urination, usually with a tired worn out feeling. Insulin injections Once you have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you will be put on the relevant medication, which may include insulin injections that you will have to administer to yourself. The insulin injections used by diabetics have come a long way in the last few years. Disposable insulin pens with tiny needles are now taking the place of the old fashioned syringes that looked sinister in comparison. Type 1 diabetes The type 1 form of diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood or teenage years and is thought to be hereditary, running in families. Type 2 diabetes Type 2, however, is more likely to be brought on by obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. This is usually treated with oral hypoglycaemic medications and a change in diet and lifestyle.

Can it be cured?

Blood glucose test While it's unlikely that type 1 diabetes can be cured, sufferers of type 2 can sometimes find that their diabetes will disappear if they manage to reach a healthy weight and maintain it through diet and exercise. The tests for diabetes are simple blood glucose that can be done right away in the GP's surgery. Eye screening program Once you have been diagnosed, you will be added to the eye screening program to check your eyes for glaucoma - a condition associated with diabetes. Diabetes in itself is not a life-threatening condition, and provided you take care of your diet and monitor your glucose levels, you will live a perfectly normal life. More information If you would like any more facts or info on diabetes, you can log on to Diabetes UK, where you should find the answers to all your questions.

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