The NHS in Sefton is urging residents to take action if they spot the symptoms of diabetes during Diabetes Week 2021 (14-21 June).
They are also encouraging people with diabetes to share their stories of identifying and living with the condition, to raise awareness of the signs of diabetes within their local communities.
How to spot the symptoms of diabetes
Healthcare professionals recommend looking out for the ‘4 Ts’ as these may be a sign of diabetes. They include:
- Toilet - Going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child, or heavier nappies in babies
- Thirsty - Being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
- Tired - Feeling more tired than usual
- Thinner - Losing weight or looking thinner than usual
Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s very important for people to learn to recognise the symptoms of diabetes as early as possible, as the condition will get progressively worse if left untreated, and can lead to other serious health problems including strokes and heart disease.”
“We should all educate our families, friends and children alike on the ‘4 Ts’. These may not always be symptoms of diabetes but it’s better to get them checked out and get help if needed.”
“I would encourage anyone who is living with diabetes to share their story with others if they feel comfortable to do so, whether that’s in person over a cup of tea, or online during Diabetes Week using the hashtag #DiabetesStories. The more we talk about the signs of diabetes, the more likely it is that others will be able to identify and treat the condition earlier.”
What is diabetes
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high, due to ineffective control by a hormone called insulin. The two types of diabetes are:
Type 1: Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
Type 2: Where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.
What to do if you spot the symptoms
If you have any of the ‘4 Ts’ symptoms of diabetes, you should contact your GP as soon as possible.
National charity Diabetes UK will be using Diabetes Week 2021 to tell diabetes stories from all corners of the UK. You can read more or share your own experience on social media using the hashtag #DiabetesStories, or visit their website for more information: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-week