Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, which affects around 8% of people with diabetes in the UK, whereas Type 2 diabetes is responsible for around 90% of all diabetes. Approximately 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.
Our home environment can play such an important factor in reducing the risk of diabetes, yet a recent survey conducted by the International Diabetes Federation found that a staggering 4 in 5 parents have difficulty recognising the warning signs of diabetes in their children. Such worrying statistics have underlined the need for education and awareness surrounding the development of diabetes in the home.
The warning signs are much milder in Type 2 as opposed to Type 1, making it more difficult for us to recognise. This is why one in two people are currently living undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
80% of Type 2 diabetes is preventable but left untreated, can result in life-changing consequences. Recognising the symptoms and taking swift action to diagnose the disease is of the utmost importance. Are you aware of the warning signs?
Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs
- Excessive need to urinate, especially at night
- Constant thirst and hunger
- Feeling tired and fatigued
- Weight loss
- Slow healing cuts, wounds and bruises
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Blurred vision
- Yeast infections
You can also reduce your families Type 2 diabetes risk by incorporating the following dietary and lifestyle changes into your home environment.
Reduce your Families' Risk!
- Cook healthy, balanced meals for the whole family. Ensure meals are rich in vegetables, fruits, lean meats, plant-based proteins and low glycaemic foods.
- Reduce the amount of unhealthy (high-sugar, high-fat) snacks in the household.
- Take regular exercise together as a family.
- Educate your family on the risk and warning signs of diabetes.
Statistics sourced from Diabetes UK and International Diabetes Federation