You May Be Suffering from Undiagnosed Diabetes if You Are Always Tired, Thirsty or Hunting for a Loo
The new figures show a worrying trend that there may be thousands of people out there who don't even know that they are suffering from Diabetes. The majority of people do not pay attention to the telltale signs that identify the occurrence of the disease which includes inexplicable weight loss, blurred vision, thirst, using the loo more than necessary, lethargy and slow healing of bruises and cuts. According to a survey conducted by World Diabetes Day, it was revealed that there are only a 100 people who can tell the main symptoms and only a five would be able to spot single symptom, reports Daily Mail.
WHO in 2014 estimated that 9% of adults all across the world are in the clutches of diabetes without even knowing about it. It was shocking to learn that over 1 million deaths worldwide were attributed directly to diabetes in 2012. In UK, 3.9 million people are being diagnosed with diabetes and almost 600,000 were unaware that they are suffering from this condition, as reported by Daily Mail.
A new study indicated that the diabetes awareness is the highest amongst people aged over 55 years since the risk of contracting the disease becomes higher in this age group. However, due to poor diet and change in lifestyle, more and more kids and young adults have also been diagnosed with it. When the disease is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can culminate into much more serious problems and even result in death. Mr. Nigel Davies, Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Lister Hospital in London said, 'Diabetic retinopathy is a condition caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the cells in the retina. Typically, 50% of diabetes sufferers will develop retinopathy after seven years of being diabetic and a further 95% of diabetics will develop retinopathy after 15 years, says Daily Mail.