World Diabetes Day:

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Diabetes is an umbrella term given to a number of different ‘types’ of diabetes which all ultimately cause higher than normal blood sugar levels, which if left untreated for too long, can cause problems.

  • Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin.
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is resistant to the insulin it produces, or cannot produce enough of it.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and is similar to type 2 diabetes.

Anyone can develop diabetes. It is important to get tested if you notice any of the signs or symptoms. These are not always easy to spot. In fact, type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed through blood tests for other conditions or health issues instead. Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent a medical emergency, and reduce the risk of life-changing complications later. That is why it is important to know the signs to look out for.

  • Toilet – urinating a lot, especially at night.
  • Thirsty – being thirsty.
  • Tired – feeling more tired than usual.
  • Thinner – losing weight without trying to.
  • Cuts and wounds take longer to heal.
  • Blurred eyesight
  • Increased hunger.

These symptoms can affect anyone – adult or child. However, some are more common signs of type 1 diabetes, and can come on really quickly. No individual is the same and the symptoms you experience will not completely match those of another person. However, the most common diabetes symptoms experienced by many people with diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, feeling tired and losing weight.

To find out more about common diabetes symptoms and what causes them, visit – Diabetes UK – Know diabetes. Fight diabetes. | Diabetes UK

As many as 1 in 4 people in care homes within the UK are estimated to have diabetes (www.diabetes.org.uk). Residents with diabetes often have other long-term health conditions such as dementia, mobility and sensory problems making self-care difficult. Many are dependent on care providers, such as: Nurses, Support Workers and Care Assistants.

If you are a healthcare professional working within a care home check out the following resources to effectively care for those with diabetes:

Diabetes care for older people resident in care homes | Diabetes UK

Diabetes care in care homes | Professionals | Diabetes UK

Understanding Diabetes | Diabetes UK CPD