Type 2 Diabetes

Date: 04 / April / 2019

Some people with diabetes develop serious complications with their eyes, called diabetic retinopathy. If you don’t get this treated properly or make a change, it can lead to sight loss.

The changes in blood sugar levels caused by diabetes can affect the lens inside your eye, especially when your diabetes isn’t controlled. These changes can result in your vision blurring, which can change from day to day, depending on your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can cause the lens in your eye to become cloudy. This condition is known as a cataract. This happens because the high sugar levels found in the fluid around the lens causes the lens to swell with more water than usual. The lens then focuses light differently on the retina at the back of the eye, and this may cause your spectacle prescription to change as your cataract develops. If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to develop a cataract, and at an earlier age too, when compared to people without diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition

that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high.

It`s a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life.

You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.

It`s caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin.

It`s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Although there are around 200,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every year, there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

This April, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) is holding the second Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April). We aim to raise awareness of their Healthier You programme. This is a free service run by the NHS to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Making small changes to your lifestyle now can make a big impact on your future health.

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