What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a medical condition that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Symptoms of diabetes can vary depending on the type and severity of the condition, but here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

  1. Frequent urination: If you find yourself needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night, it could be a sign of diabetes.
  2. Increased thirst: When you urinate more often, you lose more fluids from your body, which can make you feel thirsty.
  3. Fatigue: High blood sugar levels can make you feel tired and sluggish.
  4. Blurred vision: High blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision or other changes in your eyesight.
  5. Slow healing: Diabetes can affect your body’s ability to heal itself, so cuts and bruises may take longer to heal.
  6. Tingling or numbness: Diabetes can damage nerves, causing tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
  7. Unexplained weight loss: If you are losing weight without trying, it could be a sign of diabetes.
  8. Personal characteristics: Increasing age esp >40. Overweight. Inactive. (Lorry drivers beware!)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare provider for an evaluation or HGV medical. They may recommend blood tests to check your blood sugar levels and determine if you have diabetes. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can help prevent complications and improve your overall health.

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