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World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day is on the 14th of November every year. Did you know that someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina).

To minimise the risk of this happening, people with diabetes should:

  • ensure they control their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • attend diabetic eye screening appointments – annual screening is offered to all people with diabetes aged 12 and over to pick up and treat any problems early on

Anyone with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is potentially at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Find out more about diabetic retinopathy on the NHS website.

Information from www.diabetes.org.uk and www.nhs.co.uk