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Diabetes is a lifelong condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high due to a problem with the production of insulin in the pancreas.
There are 3.9 million people living with Diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed) in the UK. That’s more than one in 16 people.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2:

  • Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce any insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance.

Type 2 Diabetes is far more common than Type 1 In the UK, around 90% of all adults with Diabetes have Type 2.

What are the symptoms?

  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Itchiness around the genital area or regular bouts of thrush
  • Blurred vision

When to see your GP
See your GP if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.