Type One Diabetes

Your body cannot make insulin. This type usually affects children and young adults.

Type Two Diabetes

  • being overweight
  • being physically inactive
  • a family history of diabetes.

Almost two million adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, and this number is rising. And worryingly, type two diabetes is now being diagnosed in younger people.

Some ethnic groups have a much higher rate of diabetes – particularly people of African Caribbean and South Asian origin.

The 4 T’s of Diabetes

Research by Diabetes UK has shown that up to nine out of ten parents do not know the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. To address this lack of awareness, the charity created a campaign to highlight the ‘4 Ts’ of Type 1 diabetes symptoms.

The 4 Ts stand for Toilet, Thirsty, Tired and Thinner:

  1. Toilet – going to the loo a lot, bed wetting by a usually dry child or heavier nappies in babies;
  2. Thirsty – being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst;
  3. Tired – feeling more tired than usual;
  4. Thinner – losing weight or looking thinner than normal.

More information on http://www.diabetes.org.uk/