Diabetes is rising at a shocking rate in the UK. It’s been dubbed the ‘hidden killer’ as many people don’t even realise they have it.
Diabetes UK figures state that almost 3.7 million have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK yet 4.6 million are thought to be living with the disease.
Diabetes is described as:
“…a serious, lifelong condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin.”
Diagnosis is rising rapidly with numbers expected to reach over 5 million by 2025.
Around 90% of diabetics are ‘Type 2’, where the body develops insulin resistance, losing its ability to respond to insulin. This is usually diagnosed in adulthood and may be manageable through healthier eating, an active lifestyle and losing weight.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, where that the body attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin, so patients produce no insulin and require injections/pump. This is usually diagnosed in childhood.
Diagnosis of diabetes is key to gaining the right treatment and support.
The common symptoms of diabetes are:
- Polyuria – frequent urination, day and night.
- Polydipsia – being very thirsty
- Polyphagia – increased hunger
- Lethargy, tiredness, fatigue
- Weight loss
- Dry, itchy skin
- Frequent thrush infections
- Numbness or tingling in extremities (hands/feet)
- Cuts and bruises heal slowly
- Blurred vision
Initially, the symptoms may not appear too severe and can be put down to overworking or other issues. However, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes, as early intervention is helpful in managing the problem.
Diabetes Clinic London
The Smart Clinics GPs routine health check includes a screening for diabetes. Tests will also be arranged if there are any symptoms of concern.
The Smart Clinics offers a regular diabetes clinic for patients diagnosed with the condition. Services available at the clinic are initially focused around getting diabetes under control; then a regular blood test, blood pressure check and health review.
In the case of type 2 diabetes, there is also support for those looking to make lifestyle and dietary changes, as type 2 diabetes may even go into remission with the right lifestyle intervention at the right time.
The Smart Clinics
The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
The integrated healthcare company brings together a host of medical professionals offering patients high quality health services in a choice of accessible London clinic locations – Brompton Cross in North London and Wandsworth South of the river. Private dentistry is also available in the North London centre.
For more information contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7052 0070.