Focus On: Diabetes UK

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DIABETES UK

Their vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm.  They’re leading the fight against the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis.

It’s a fight that incolves us all, sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together.

1 in 15 people in the UK have Diabetes, including 1 million people who have Type 2, but haven’t been diagnosed.

Whether you’re looking for Insurance, Information or just someone to talk to – we’re here to help.

WHAT WE DO?

As the UK’s leading diabetic charity. It’s our job to tackle the diabetes crisis.  We’re here to prevent type 2 diabetes, canpaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research that will one day lead us to a cure.

WHAT IS DIABETES?

Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high.

There are two main types of Diabetes.  Type 1 and Type 2.  They’re different conditions but they’re both serious.  There are some other types of Diabetes too.

With the right treatment and care people can live a healthy life.

TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2.

TYPE 1.  When you have Type 1 Diabetes you can’t make any insulin at all.  Therefore an insulin dependent Diabetic.

TYPE 2.  Type 2 Diabetes is a bit different.  The insulin you make either can’t work effectively, or you can’t produce enough of it.

In both types of diabetes, because glucose can’t get into your cells, it begins to build up in your blood.  Too much glucose in your blood causes a lot of different problems.

WHAT CAUSES DIABETES?

What all types of diabetes have in common is that they cause people to have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood.  We all need some glucose, it’s what gives us our energy.  We get glucose when our bodies breakdown the carbohydrates that we eat and drink.  That glucose is then released into our blood.

We also need a hormone called Insulin.  It”s made by our Pancreas, and it’s insulin that allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies.

So if you are unable to make insulin or you are not producing enough as above, you are diabetic.

SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES

Too much glucose in the blood leads to symptoms such as having to wee a lot, being incredibly thirsty and feeling very tired.  You may also lose weight, get infections like Thrush or suffer from slow healing wounds.

High glucose in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet and your kidneys.

HISTORY

The Diabetic Association was set up in 1934 by novellist H.G.Wells and Dr. R. D. Lawrence (Diabetes UK at the turn of the millennium.)

H.G.WELLS (Yes that one!)

Wells diagnosis of diabetes (distinctions of Type 1 and Type 2 did not exist) came in his early 60’s around 1930 and led to him giving up his teaching career.

In July 1931 he became a patient of the famous physisicina R.D.Lawrence and in 1934 he announced the formation of the Diabetic Association via a letter to the Times newspaper.

R .D. LAWRENCE

When Dr. R. D. Lawrence was diagnosed with Diabetes in 1920, there was no effective treatment for the condition.  It was only the discovery of insulin in 1922 that saved his life.

After being appointed Bio Chemist to King’s College Hospital in 1923.  Lawrence set up a ‘diet kitchen’ where patients could learn about diets and injections.

In 1925 he published the first edition of ‘The diabetic life’ and went on to publish a further 16 editions with the 17th edition being published in 1965.

DIABETIC ASSOCIATION TO DIABETES UK

Radical from the beginning, the charity aimed to ensure that everyone in the UK could gain access to insulin, whatever their financial situation.  It’s mission statement was ‘to promote the study, the diffusion of knowledge, and the proper treatment of diabetes in this country.’

The Association campaigned for the creation of the National Health Service and argued that people with diabetes should take an active role in managing their condition.

In 1939 the first diabetes voluntary self-support group was set up.  There are now over 400 local voluntary groups providing support and information to people with diabetes across the UK.

DIABETES UK

Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research.  We improve lives throught pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes related complications.

The work they support helps them to understand the causes of diabetes, bring about life changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and bring us closer to a cure.

You can also find all the below information on their website.

  • Put Diabetes at the top of the political agenda.
  • Support or advise anyone affected by diabetes.
  • Research a better future for people with diabetes.
  • Work with communities at ahigh risk of type 2.
  • Keep healthcare professionals up to date to improve care.
  • Work with the NHS to revent or dlay type 2 diabetes.

(source: Diabetes UK)

 

 

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