Symptoms of Diabetes

– Frequent passing of urine, more so at night
– Increased thirst
– Weight loss, unexplained
– Extreme tiredness
– Genital itching or thrush
– Blurred vision
– Cuts and wounds taking a long time to heal

These are the main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes, caused by high levels of glucose in the blood. Some or all of the glucose stays in the blood as it isn’t being used as fuel for energy. The body tries to reduce the glucose levels by flushing out the excess through the urine.

Type1 Diabetes

The symptoms usually develop very quickly and are very obvious, usually within just a few weeks.
Once diabetes has been diagnosed and treatment begins, the symptoms can be quickly relieved when the diabetes is under control.

Type 2 Diabetes

The symptoms may not be so obvious and may develop gradually, sometimes over a period of years. The condition may only be picked up in a routine medical check up.
Once diabetes has been diagnosed and treatment begins, the symptoms can be quickly relieved when the diabetes is under control.


Early diagnosis, treatment and good control of diabetes is essential to reduce the risk of developing serious complications.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas and used to break down sugar in the blood, so that it can be used for energy.

In type 1 diabetes no insulin is produced by the pancreas.

In type 2 diabetes the pancreas still produces some insulin.

Both conditions can have serious consequences and need to be managed well.

This means frequent blood glucose tests and regular visits to the specialist diabetes clinic.

The long term effects of poorly managed diabetes can be fatal!

Type 1 diabetes is treated by insulin injections.

Type 2 diabetes is usually treated with tablets and /  or diet.

Did you know?

There are currently over 400 million adults with diabetes and it is estimated that by 2040 there will be around 650 million sufferers of the disease.

Diabetes is the biggest single cause of Amputation, blindness, and end-stage kidney failure.With cost of around ten percent of the NHS budget.

We need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes, as early diagnosis and good management can help avoid some of the serious consequences.

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2 thoughts on “Diabetes

  1. Sarah

    I was at Micklegate soap box race today cheering my boyfriend’s soap box team on when i saw your soap box cart! I was intrigued – first of all where did you guys come in the end? When we left it was looking likely you’d end up in the top 10? (Our soap box was a disaster btw). Secondly, I think your charity is an incredibly good cause, I’m type 1 diabetic myself and I struggle with my diabetes quite a lot, sometimes simply because others don’t understand and it causes me embarrassment or un wanted attention drawn to myself. I listened to you speaking to the commentator before you went down the ramp – your story touched me! Sometimes it’s the easy option to bury your head in the sand and try to forget about having the condition, but obviously that’s not the way to live a healthy and long life. I’d love to be put on your mailing list so I can keep an eye out for other events your charity takes part in and/or organises!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      We were in the top ten and we came tenth! But we won an award for the best innovative design and are well proud!
      Our next event is at Clifton Park Rotherham on 1st Oct 2016 Bluebellwood soapbox Derby.


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