Diabetes Elastic Band Lesson

A ten-year-old diabetes sufferer from Warwickshire is raising awareness of the condition at school today using a rubber band to mark World Diabetes Day.

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Schoolgirl spreads awareness on World Diabetes Day

Diabetes-sufferer Millie Hainge, 10, is urging her classmates and teachers at Milverton House School in Nuneaton to wear an elastic band around their wrists today to mark World Diabetes Day.

She will encourage them to 'ping' the band each time they eat or drink anything containing carbohydrates to experience what it is like to have to inject yourself with insulin.

There are two types of diabetes if left undetected, it can lead to health complications including a stroke, blindness, kidney failure to name a few.

The main symptoms are:

  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night.
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Weight loss and a loss of muscle bulk
  • Other symptoms include:Itchiness around the vagina or penis
  • Recurring thrush as a result of the excess glucose in your urine
  • Blurred vision caused by the lenses of your eyes becoming very dry
  • Cuts and sores taking longer to heal
  • Not everyone experiences these symptoms and they are not usually severe in all who experience them.
  • For more information click here for the NHS


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