Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK‘s annual week to raise awareness of diabetes. This year, Diabetes Week takes place 10-16 June and we’re helping increase everyone’s understanding of diabetes.
We know diabetes is complicated and hard to understand so we want to help people know more about diabetes. Not just as a condition, but about how it feels to live with it.
Five things about diabetes everyone should know
1. One in 15 of us live with diabetes.
One in 15 of us live with diabetes. That’s 4.7 million people in the UK – more than cancer and dementia combined. That includes one million people who don’t even know they have diabetes.
Chances are, lots of people you know are living with diabetes.
2. There are different types.
Type 1 and Type 2 are the two main types of diabetes. There are rarer types too. What they all have in common is they raise sugar levels in the blood. And that can seriously damage the body.
But there are differences in why they happen and how they’re treated.
3. Anyone can get it.
Why people get diabetes is complicated. Some things increase your risk of developing it, from genetics and ethnic background to gender, age and lifestyle factors. But sometimes it isn’t clear why people get it.
Anyone can get diabetes, at anytime. It doesn’t discriminate.
4. It’s not just tablets or injections.
It’s so much more than that. Every day involves a thousand little questions, decisions and things to remember. It’s appointments, checks, calculations,what to eat. It’s your care on your shoulders. It’s knowing things won’t always go to plan.
It’s day in, day out. It never stops. It’s relentless.
5. It never stops, but you don’t have to either.
When you’ve got diabetes, just getting through the day can be a monumental achievement. But it doesn’t mean life stops. People have become professional athletes, topped the charts and ruled the country with diabetes.
It might make life harder but it doesn’t have to change your ambitions or adventures.