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Diabetes : intro to the series

Following the success of our blood sugar management series, with nutritionist Carolina Brooks we have decided to follow it with a brand new series all around diabetes!

We are often contacted by customers with diabetes, both at shows, on email and across social media and it’s great to be able to work with Carolina to provide more information about such a pertinent topic to many of you.

We are also delighted to share as part of this series a guest blog from Nicolas about his personal experience of type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism which results in poor blood sugar management due to the inability to properly transport and metabolise glucose, this leads to high levels of glucose in the blood.

Signs and symptoms of diabetes

Often people are asymptomatic and only find out they are sufferers when they have a set of bloods done.

Symptoms include:

  • Frequent thirst and urination: when do not break sugar down, high blood sugar levels try and flush it out in urine. Urinating frequently makes you thirsty
  • Excessive hunger due to inability to break down food and utilize it
  • Fatigue due to lack of nutrient absorption
  • Blurred vision
  • Vaginitis or frequent thrush infections
  • Poor vision
  • Itching
  • Impotence
  • Numbness, burning pain in the arms and legs
  • Frequent infections
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Poor wound healing
  • Gum disease
  • Weight loss may occur due to poor absorption of food

Over the next couple of weeks I will be looking at the differences between type 1 and 2, complications around diabetes and how to eat with the condition. Next week I’ll be looking at the differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Want to know more about Healthy Blood Sugar Management? Carolina is running a webinar on the 12th January looking at this topic as well as how to prevent & reverse Type 2 diabetes.