How do you know you may have diabetes?
IWC has created this simple Visual Checklist about the symptoms you should be watching for. Put simply, when someone has diabetes their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. For our bodies to work properly, we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. When people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy. Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood, resulting in high blood glucose levels. After eating, the glucose is carried around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia. Blood glucose levels can be monitored and managed through self care and treatment. Three things you need to know about diabetes are*: It is not one condition - there are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and Gestational Diabetes (experienced by some pregnant women). All types of diabetes are complex and require daily care and management. Diabetes does not discriminate. Anyone can develop diabetes. Take a look at this IWC visual checklist and see whether you could be at risk.