Diabetes Week takes place from Monday 11 June to Sunday 17 June 2018 in order to raise awareness of the condition. As it can be a difficult subject to discuss, the focus of the 2018 campaign is to get people talking, hence the hashtag #TalkAboutDiabetes.
Most people with diabetes will have either type 1 or type 2:
Some women also develop gestational diabetes while they are pregnant, usually in the second or third trimester. Women with gestational diabetes often do not have diabetes before they fall pregnant and it usually goes once the baby has been born.
Common symptoms include the following:
If you have any of the above symptoms, you may not necessarily have diabetes, but it is worth checking with your GP as leaving the condition untreated can lead to serious health problems.
Type 1 diabetes needs to be treated with insulin in order to control the blood glucose levels, whereas type 2 can sometimes be controlled with a healthy diet and regular exercise. If this does not work, some people with type 2 diabetes will also need to use insulin.
Insulin can either be injected using an insulin pen, or an insulin pump can be used to provide the body with regular insulin throughout the day via a tiny, flexible tube which is inserted under the skin.
There are a number of charities which provide support for diabetics in various forms. Diabetes UK has an online support forum which allows people to share knowledge and stories, or ask for help. The forum can be found here.
The Diabetes UK website also has information and resources for diabetics, their family members and carers.
In order to spread the word about diabetes, we encourage you to ‘get talking’ by using the #TalkAboutDiabetes hashtag on social media. Diabetes UK will be sharing peoples stories about living with diabetes throughout the week and the Diabetes Week 2018 poster is available to download from the Diabetes UK website here.
Emily Hartland, an associate in the clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches, comments: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to talk about the condition and increase awareness. While most people know what diabetes is, many don’t understand the treatment required or the possible complications that can be caused as a result. Increasing numbers of people are suffering from diabetes, and as a clinical negligence solicitor I have experience in what can happen if complications such as foot sores are not managed appropriately. Penningtons Manches will be joining in with the conversations on social media throughout the week and will be tweeting about all things diabetes.”