Diabetes affects an estimated 3.2 million people in the UK, and around 850,000 people are thought to be suffering with undiagnosed diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. The main symptoms for both types include frequent urination (especially at night), feeling very tired, excessive thirst and weight loss or loss of muscle bulk. Diabetes is caused by lack of insulin, a hormone which controls blood sugar (glucose) levels. Those with diabetes are unable to break glucose down into energy, which causes elevated blood sugar levels.
Type 1 diabetes affects around 10% of people with diabetes and is known as ‘insulin dependent’ diabetes. It usually develops before age 40 and the body’s immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. The increase in glucose levels can damage organs and those diagnosed will need insulin injections for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 diabetes is more common and affects around 90% of all diabetes sufferers. Often linked to obesity, the body is either insulin resistant or doesn’t produce enough insulin. Whilst symptoms can be controlled by monitoring blood glucose levels and eating a healthy diet, medication may be needed in the future. Failure to diagnose diabetes could leave individuals at risk of developing blindness, kidney failure, stroke, heart disease and could even lead to limb amputation.
Has failure to diagnose diabetes affected you?
Whilst medical negligence is not always to blame, if your doctor has failed to diagnose diabetes, you may be feeling angry and upset. Doctors should always examine your family history of diabetes if you present with any of the above symptoms, and a simple blood test can confirm or rule out the condition. The sooner diabetes is controlled, the better, as your health will inevitably suffer if it is left untreated. Irreversible damage to your organs could occur, or you could suffer a heart attack or stroke. If this has happened to you, you could consider claiming compensation for clinical negligence.
How to claim compensation for clinical negligence
You put your trust in medical professionals, so when they let you down, it can be hard to accept what has happened. Accident Advice Helpline is here to support you and help you come to terms with your individual situation; of course, we’re also here to get you the compensation you deserve. We’re recommended by TV personality Esther Rantzen for our impeccable standards of customer service, so you know you can trust us to deal with your claim efficiently and in a caring manner. Why not call us today on our freephone helpline to find out more about the claims process or get answers to any questions you may have?
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown