Over 400,000 people in this country are currently suffering from diabetes. However, only half of them are actually aware of it. The majority of the other half of these people will only find out about their condition after a bad medical episode caused by the effects of untreated hyperglycaemia.

Diabetes is caused by a defect in the pancreas gland which causes it to either not make insulin or to not make it properly. Insulin is the hormone in the body, which regulates the sugar levels in our blood.

The main symptoms of diabetes are:

  • Lack of energy
  • Tiredness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent passing of urine
  • Weight loss - in the region of 7-14 pounds
  • Blurring of vision
  • Recurrent infection

Links and Resources

  • Diabetes.org
    Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.  more »
  • DiabetesDiabetes Ireland
    In Ireland, it is estimated that there are 200,000 people with diabetes and a further 200,000 who have diabetes but are unaware that they have the condition. more »
  • irishhealthIrishHealth.com
    IrishHealth.com provides a rundown of the definition of diabetes and the many different types, as well as the symtoms, complications and treatments. more »


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