Bermuda Heart

Diabetes

Even if you already have diabetes there are steps you can take to prevent your symptoms getting worse.
Find out more about diabetes and how you can make some lifestyle changes.

Diabetes occurs because the body canít use the glucose (sugar) in the body as it should do, either because of a lack of the hormone insulin, or because the insulin doesnít work properly.

Diabetes increases your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. If you have diabetes you have it for life, however if you make some lifestyle changes you could manage your symptoms.

There are three main types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

How do I know if Iím at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?

Some people with diabetes do have warning signs.
These can include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Passing urine more often
  • Feeling really tired
  • Being really hungry
  • Having blurred vision
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Getting infections that are hard to heal.

It is recommended that if you have any of these symptoms you visit your doctor for a heart health check (Heart WOF).

Next steps

If you have been told you are at risk of developing diabetes, you can take action that may prevent you ever getting diabetes.

Managing blood sugar levels involves making lifestyle changes and possibly medication.

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Do some form of regular exercise
  • Avoid putting on weight and aim to lose weight if overweight

The Bermuda Diabetic Association (www.diabetes.bm) is a national charity that represents people with diabetes by offering support and information.

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