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Tuesday 14 September 2004
Diabetes

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Diabetes

Some doctors say there is an epidemic of diabetes in the Western world, and of 1.4 million people with diagnosed diabetes, and another 'missing million' people with the condition undiagnosed, they may be right. 

Causes
The condition arises when the body doesn't produce enough insulin - a hormone - to relocate glucose in the blood stream to cells in our bodies where it gets converted to energy. People with this problem find themselves very tired as they can't seem to get enough energy from food, they urinate frequently  as the body tries to rid itself of so much glucose in the bloodstream.  They also suffer increased thirst and weight loss as the body tries to find other sources of energy. 

Different types
There are two types of diabetes, one where the body's own immune system fights against the production of insulin, and the other where insulin produced is unable to do the job properly or the body doesn't produce enough. The latter used to be called 'late onset' diabetes and is now referred to as Type 2 and is most commonly diagnosed in adults aged 40 and above.

Antony Worral Thompson
Changing your lifestyle, can be more difficult as you get older. Case Notes  goes in search of the right foods to eat, with Antony Worrall Thompson. 

Diabetes and religion
We look at how to manage the condition when religion dictates specific foods and rituals that might not suit a diabetic. Prayer positions can restrict blood flow to feet and legs which can cause serious problems people with diabetes. Fasting can lower blood sugar levels and if fasts are ended with specific high sugar/fat foods, that can send levels even higher.  Find out what to do and how to manage diabetes to suit your religion. 

The EarlyBird Diabetes Study 
Diabetes doesn't develop overnight - the fuse starts burning long before symptoms begin, probably from early childhood.

Three hundred schoolchildren from the new Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth are helping the research team. They have been recruited at the age of five into a 12 year prospective study. Every six months they volunteer to have a detailed health check, or 'MOT'.  An annual blood test looks for the earliest signs of the metabolic changes that lead to diabetes. 

For further details of the study you can visit the website on www.earlybirddiabetestrust.org or email l.voss@phnt.swest.nhs.uk

Join Dr Mark Porter for Case Notes  on Diabetes on Tuesday 14th September 2004. 

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