Facts About Diabetes
By the end of 2010 there were 2.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.
It has now become one of the most prevalent diseases in the UK and if left untreated for a long time it can cause serious long-term health complications.
Diabetes is a life-long disease but if caught early, type 2 diabetes can be reverted.
There are 2 types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 is identified in childhood and is a genetic autoimmune disorder whereby insulin is not produced.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in the population than type 1. It normally occurs in older people but now younger people are being more frequently diagnosed with the disease. Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells of the pancreas are no longer able to produce insulin to break down glucose.
Risk factors for this disease can include obesity, lack of exercise and elevated cholesterol levels.
Symptoms indicating of type 2 diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss.
Our diabetes testing services
At the Walk-in Clinic, you will have a consultation and assessment with an experienced doctor who will perform the tests required to come to a diagnosis.
You can then be referred either to your GP or to a specialist for treatment, or you can seek long-term monitoring and treatment with our Harley Street branch.