A staggering 700 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK (one person every two minutes) and 12.3 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes without knowing it.
High blood sugar levels caused by diabetes can seriously damage parts of your body including your feet and your eyes. 75% of men who have diabetes also suffer from erectile dysfunction at some point.
Early diagnosis of diabetes is vital. Complications can begin five to six years before some people find out they have type 2 diabetes. Caught early, type 2 diabetes can be well managed and, in some cases, reversed. Looking after yourself and being more careful with what you eat could save your eyesight or your feet. There are over 170 amputations a week in the UK due to diabetes complications. Making small lifestyle changes will make a significant difference to your health and could prevent diabetes ever starting.