By Lynda Davis - Nurse Manager at Aspiring Medical Centre
Diabetes is the largest and fastest-growing health issue we face in New Zealand. It is a condition where your body cannot control its blood sugar levels properly – either because your body doesn’t make enough (or any) insulin, or because your cells have become resistant to insulin.
If blood sugar levels aren’t kept under control, diabetes can be life-threatening because it is a progressive disease which can lead to other health problems, including kidney failure, eye disease, foot ulceration and a higher risk of heart disease.
The symptoms of too much blood sugar can include being excessively thirsty, passing excess urine or blurred vision.
When blood sugars are low people feel sweaty, weak and dizzy.
90% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes which usually develops in adults and is linked to having an unhealthy body weight.
Many people unknowingly have prediabetes, which is a medically recognised condition when the blood sugar is over-high, but not yet high enough to meet the clinical diagnosis of diabetes.
The other 10% of diabetics have Type 1 which is an auto-immune condition, usually diagnosed in children.
There’s no cure for diabetes, but there are things you can do to stay well.
Research has shown that reducing your weight by as little as 5 to 10 percent can prevent, delay or even reverse prediabetes.
Use this tool to assess your risk of developing diabetes.
If your risk is high or if you’re not sure if you’ve ever been screened, we recommend you visit us for comprehensive screening.
Aspiring Medical Centre ph 03 443 0725
- Lynda Davis (pictured) Nurse Manager at Aspiring Medical Centre
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