Prevalence & Symptoms

Prevalence

 

 

The prevalence of diabetes in the UK, as well as many other countries, is rising and as of January 2016 it was reported tthat there are now over 4 million people living in the UK with the condition (8).

 

 

Just over half a million of these are thought to be undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, which means they will not be receiving the treatment or the monitoring they need to reduce the risk of complications.

 

 

Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes, accounting for around 90% of cases, and the remaining 10% being Type 1 diabetes.

 

 

Symptoms

 

 

There are a few key symptoms that are often experienced in people with diabetes. Whilst symptoms tend to develop more quickly in Type 1 diabetes, people with Type 2 diabetes may go for several years before they are diagnosed due to such a gradual onset of symptoms.

 

 

  • Polydypsia (excess thirst)

 

  • Polyuria (excess urination)

 

  • Fatigue

 

  • Weight loss (may not be as common/ noticeable in people with type 2 diabetes)

 

  • Delayed wound healing

 

  • Infections

 

  • Thrush/ genital itching

 

  • Blurred vision