How do you know you may have di­a­betes?

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN -

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.

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