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Private diabetes assessment and management is available with specialist consultants at The Edinburgh Clinic.
Diabetes is the most common disease of the metabolism, and affects over two million people in the UK and over 150 million worldwide (Diabetic research, University of Dundee). Diabetes commonly occurs in one of two forms: Type 1 and Type 2.
In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to make insulin, which is vital for the body to convert glucose (sugar) in the blood into glycogen (a store of carbohydrate energy) in the tissues. Without this, the body cannot function properly and if high blood sugar levels are not effectively managed, an individual can slip into a life-threatening diabetic coma. Up to one in ten diabetics have Type 1. This is managed by daily insulin injections for life and careful monitoring of diet and related health conditions. You can be born with Type 1 diabetes or develop it in later life.
Type 2 diabetes is developed in later life and its onset is typically linked to genetic factors, poor diet and health, ethnicity and low levels of cardiovascular activity. It can develop slowly and be difficult to spot. In this form of the disease, the body resists the insulin made by the pancreas. Modifications to diet and increasing exercise is often recommended to manage Type 2 diabetes.
Poorly managed or unidentified diabetes can lead to increased risk of associated conditions. A high blood sugar level can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage or male sexual impotence. Diabetes also increases the risk of nerve, eye and blood vessel problems, which can lead to blindness.
At The Edinburgh Clinic, we offer appointments with specialist consultants in diabetes management, who can assess, diagnose and manage your condition privately. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed through a blood test, and this can be carried out at the Clinic.