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One of the early signs of diabetes is when the patient becomes plagued with boils for no apparent reason. Another skin condition associated with diabetes is when there is infuriating itching, generally at night, after a visit to the loo. A few final points also need remembering. Diabetes is not really a definite entity of a disease, but it is said that about 13 people in every 1,000 in Western Europe has a sugar defect in the urine, and about half of them are unaware of the fact.

The outlook is vastly better for diabetics than it used to be. Before insulin, a diabetic 10-year-old only had a life expectancy of less that two years, this expectancy is now about 45 years. Older patients will generally get less serious effects.

Lastly, if it turns out that you do have diabetes, don't jump to the conclusion that injections will be essential. It may well be possible to treat you either by diet alone or by insulin taken by mouth. So, if you have any suspicions at all that you may have diabetes, don't be afraid to consult your doctor.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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