Diabetes in the spotlight

2017-11-30 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedPort Shepstone Regional Hospitals Head of Dietic Unit, Paula Hudson.

PHOTO: suppliedPort Shepstone Regional Hospitals Head of Dietic Unit, Paula Hudson.

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KEY POINTS

• People with type 1 diabetes don’t make insulin.

• People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but they don’t effectively use the insulin they produce.

• There’s no cure for type 1 diabetes. You may be able to reverse type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes.

SYMPTOMS

Both types of diabetes, if not controlled, share many similar symptoms, including:

• frequent urination;

• feeling very thirsty and drinking a lot;

• feeling very hungry;

• feeling very fatigued;

• blurry vision; and

• cuts or sores that don’t heal properly

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