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Understand more about your diabetes

There are many resources available to help you find out more about your diabetes. Ask your healthcare professional if you need more information or have further questions.

What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can be a very serious disease – people with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of health problems. Over time, if it's not well managed, high blood sugar can cause serious damage to the eyes, gums, teeth, kidneys, nerves, and heart. If you have diabetes you have a higher risk of having a stroke or a heart attack at an earlier age than others.1,2

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The best way to protect you from diabetic complications is to manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol. It is not always easy but people who make an ongoing effort to manage their diabetes can greatly improve their overall health.1,2

Highs and lows occur when blood sugar of a person with diabetes climbs too high or falls too low. This can affect your mood and how well you feel. As you may already know, there are several factors you should pay attention to that can cause changes in blood sugar such as diet, physical activity and your medications – including insulins. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, please contact your healthcare professional.
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For a comprehensive list of symptoms, visit the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org or Joslin Diabetes Center at www.joslin.org

Why do I feel emotionally drained and low?

You may feel frustrated and low with your efforts to manage your blood sugar. You're not alone. Highs and lows can affect your mood and how you feel. If you're feeling low or frustrated with the management of your diabetes then speak to your healthcare professional, as there are ways of helping you to manage this.

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1. NIH Senior Health. Available at: https://nihseniorhealth.gov/diabetes/faq/faqlist.html#a7. Date accessed: 9 April 2015.
2. International Diabetes Federation. Available at: http://www.idf.org/signs-and-symptoms-diabetes. Date accessed: 9 April 2015.
3. Diabetes UK. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/FAQ/FAQ_2/. Date accessed:9 April 2015.
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