Every year on 14 November, we get the opportunity to “Go Blue” for Diabetes and raise awareness of the condition. World Diabetes Day comprises of hundreds of campaigns, activities, screenings, lectures, meetings and more which aim to improve diabetes awareness. This year the theme is "Eyes on diabetes" which focuses on the importance of screening for diagnosing diabetes and screening for complications arising from diabetes.

Diabetes is a complex condition where the amount of glucose in a diabetic person’s blood is too high because their body cannot use it properly. This is because their pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter their body’s cells (or the insulin that is produced does not work properly). Without enough insulin, glucose cannot be used as fuel for energy so we can work, play and generally live our day to day lives.

There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Whilst Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by adopting a healthier lifestyle, this is not the case with Type 1 diabetes.

It is estimated that 1 in 2 adults across the world currently living with diabetes, are undiagnosed. Some of the common indicators of diabetes are:

  • Frequent urination

  • Excessive thirst

  • Hunger

  • Weight loss

  • Fatigue and irritability

  • Blurred vision.

Early diagnosis and careful management is important to ensure proper treatment and reduce the risk of serious and long-term complications, which can include blindness, strokes, lower-limb amputation and kidney failure.

In the UK, everyone with diabetes should receive regular support from the NHS, which should include checks of blood glucose, blood fats, blood pressure and kidney function at least once a year. Diabetic patients should also receive regular eye tests to check for retinopathy and an annual review of the skin, circulation and nerve supply in the feet and legs. For diabetic women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby specialist support should be provided to reduce risks to both mother and baby.

If you believe that there has been a delay in diagnosis of your diabetes, or a failure by a medical practitioner to monitor and manage your condition properly, you may have a clinical negligence claim. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free discussion about your options.