If your parent has Type 2 Diabetes, and you are helping to organise their health care, then this checklist summarises some of the issues you might want to discuss with them.
People with diabetes have too much sugar (glucose) in their blood. There are 2 main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the body can't make insulin –the hormone that controls how much glucose is in the blood. In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't produce enough insulin, so blood glucose levels become too high.
Type 2 Diabetes is the commonest form of the condition. Keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible combined with a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of complications from diabetes. Typical complications include heart and circulation problems ( like angina, heart attacks or strokes) with other effects on the eyes, feet, nerves and kidneys.
This health care checklist is not a substitute for medical advice - always seek professional help. Remember, health care professionals will not share information about a patient unless they have been given permission to do so.