Look out for warn­ing signs

Central and North Burnett Times - - SOCIALS -

DI­A­BETES is di­vided into type 1 and type 2.

Peo­ple with type 1 di­a­betes do not pro­duce in­sulin at all and re­quire an ex­ter­nal source, usu­ally through in­jec­tion of in­sulin.

Peo­ple with type 2 do not pro­duce enough in­sulin, or the in­sulin they do pro­duce is in­ef­fec­tive.

Like all health con­di­tions, di­a­betes has warn­ing signs.

Th­ese in­clude in­creased thirst, in­creased uri­na­tion par­tic­u­larly at night, feel­ing tired and lethar­gic, con­stant hunger, slow heal­ing skin sores, itchy skin and skin in­fec­tions, blurred vi­sion and un­ex­plained weight loss.

There are some peo­ple who have no symp­toms.

In th­ese cases your GP can or­der a blood test to de­ter­mine whether you have di­a­betes or are pre-di­a­betic.

Fam­ily his­tory also plays a role in your di­a­betes risk as well as be­ing over­weight or obese, low lev­els of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, smok­ing, car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease and ei­ther high blood pres­sure or ab­nor­mal blood fats.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit di­a­betesqld.org.au.

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