Liz Eades, Occupational Health Advisor to the National Police Wellbeing Service has written this blog to raise awareness of diabetes during National Diabetes Week 8th – 12th June 2020.

Diabetes Week happens every year in June and aims to spread awareness of Diabetes. 

I know that everyone is a bit preoccupied at the moment with COVID 19, but other health issues are still around and it’s important that we don’t ignore them. 

Diabetes is a common chronic condition, everyone will know someone who is affected.

Here are five facts about diabetes that everyone should know:

One in 15 of us is living with diabetes;

That’s 4.8 million people in the UK. There are about one million people who don’t even know that have diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes;

Type 1 and type 2 are the main types of diabetes. What they have in common is that they raise sugar levels in the blood. There are differences in why different types happen and how they are treated.

Anyone can get it;

Why people get diabetes is complicated. Some things can increase the risk of developing diabetes, like age and gender. But it sometimes isn’t clear why people get it. Anyone can get diabetes, it doesn’t discriminate

It’s not just about taking tablets or injections;

Living with diabetes is more than that. Every day it involves questions, decisions and things to remember. Appointments, what to eat, checks and more. It’s your care on your shoulders. Knowing that things don’t always go to plan.

It never stops, but you don’t have either;

When you’ve got diabetes, it doesn’t mean that life has to stop. Many very successful people live with diabetes and it doesn’t have to change your ambitions or adventures.

So what can you? 

  • Understand your risks;
  • You can’t change some of the risks like age, gender and ethnicity; but  if you can try to have a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and a healthy diet, your risks will be reduced; 
  • Be aware of any early signs and symptoms, type 2 diabetes can take years to develop, so being aware of early signs can help prevent more serious problems later.

For more information including getting your own personal risk calculation

And finally:

Some of the symptoms include: Blurred vision, feeling really thirsty, feeling more tired than usual, going to the loo a lot, losing weight.

If you notice any of these seek advice. Go and see your GP and nip anything in the bud. Your GP will be very happy to help.

If you are worried about your health and work, speak to Occupational Health, they will be happy to advise you.