Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Don't Ignore the Symptoms; Diabetes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Don't Ignore the Symptoms; Diabetes

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MORE than 5,000 people in Middlesbrough are living with diabetes.

A further 11,000 are obese and therefore at increased risk of developing the condition.

And it is estimated that about 1,000 people in the town have the condition and do not even know it.

As Diabetes UK celebrates its 75th anniversary it is specifically targeting five areas including Teesside to raise awareness of the condition.

Every day 300 people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes - a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body does not have the insulin to use it properly.

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin and cannot be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common, develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly.

Around 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes are obese at the time of diagnosis.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

tiredness and lethargy

thrush and fungal infections

blurred vision

drinking a lot

a need to urinate frequently

increased appetite

Teesside GP Richard Rigby, who specialises in diabetes, said it is a condition that affects one in 20 adults.

"There are a significant number of people out there who have diabetes and don't even know about it.

"It can come on very gradually.

Obesity is a big factor as is lack of exercise and family history."

He said people are becoming more aware of diabetes but anyone who thinks they may have some of the above symptoms should see their GP straight away to prevent serious complications developing such as damage to their eyesight.

"There's still a lot of people out there ignoring these symptoms for a long time."

Jim Beall of Stockton was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes five years ago.

He said it can be very daunting when you first discover you have diabetes but there is no reason why life can't go on as normal.

The 60-year-old grandad is not a typical diabetic as his body stopped producing insulin at 55 when he was struck down with pancreatitis. …

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