Diabetes is a common lifelong condition which results in an inability to control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. Treatment is designed to achieve blood glucose values as close to the non-diabetes range as possible.
Late diagnosis and poor management of the condition increases the onset of complications, which subsequently affects the quality of life and can be life limiting.
Complications include retinopathy (with potential loss of vision), kidney disease, heart and peripheral vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage).
The physical, emotional and social impact of diabetes and the demands of intensive treatment can also create problems for people with diabetes and their families.
However, evidence has shown that serious complications can be minimised with regular assessment and good management.
There are two main types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Over 90% of Honeyzz members have Type 2 Diabetes – the non-insulin dependents. Their condition is controlled by either diet and tablets, or diet only.