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Are You at Risk of Diabetes?

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Share With one in 10 adults expected to have diabetes by 2035, could you be next? Over the past 20 years, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes just in the UK has more than doubled to almost 3.5 million. This dramatic rise has put an extreme burden on the government, costing the UK £8.8 billion each year. There’s a …

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Is Your Blood Pressure High?

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ShareHypertension has few symptoms until it has started to cause damage. Hypertension (HT) affects one in four adults and once we reach 75, over two-thirds of us. It’s diagnosed when your blood pressure is consistently 140/90 mmHg or higher (the figures reflect arterial pressure during/ between heartbeats and ideally should be around 120/80 mmHg). Sudden blood pressure rises can occur in …

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Diabetes Basics and a Certain Degree of Order

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Share Finding out you have diabetes can be scary. People with diabetes can live long healthy lives. Let’s go over some basics. This is diabetes made simple. When we eat, food travels to the stomach. Food is made up of three basic components. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats. During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into sugar, otherwise known as glucose. Here’s …

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Disease and Serious Complications for Diabetics to Ruminate

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ShareDiabetes is associated with serious tissue complications resulting from disease of larger (macrovascular) and smaller (microvascular) blood vessels. Microvascular complications occur due to disease of smaller blood vessels, principally affecting the eye (retinopathy), the kidney (nephropathy) and nerves (neuropathy). These strongly relate to the duration of diabetes and the severity of hyperglycaemia. In the developed world, diabetic retinopathy is the …

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Diabetes is NOT the leading cause of major complications

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Share Diabetes does not mean complications. When I heard “diabetes is not the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, or losing a limb,” my life swerved. Ever since my diagnosis thirty years earlier, I lived in fear. Would my diabetes complications change my fate? Hearing these new words, I felt elated. Like a huge weight had been lifted off my …

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