Diabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose levels become too high. There are two types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, there is an inability to produce insulin and this type requires urgent management and lifelong treatment with insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin or the body is unable to respond to it appropriately, effectively becoming resistant to it.
This is a problem because the body requires insulin to convert the glucose we eat into energy which in turn controls the glucose levels in our blood stream. The stomach breaks down the food we eat into glucose which then enters the bloodstream and stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. The insulin acts as a key to the cells to enable the glucose to be used or stored. When the insulin fails for whatever reason, the glucose remains in the blood stream and can become dangerously high.
It is very important that diagnosis is made as early as possible as left untreated, the condition will get progressively worse.
Diabetes can lead to both short and long term complications. The long term complications are due to the high blood glucose levels damaging the blood vessels and causing chronic health conditions which include:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke)
- Eye disease – diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to blindness if not treated
- Kidney disease
- Amputations – foot damage in particular nerve damage and poor blood flow increases the risk of foot complications, and sores and cuts can become infected leading to the risk of toe, foot and even leg amputation.
- Premature death
Given the complications, it is vital to ensure that blood glucose levels are kept to as near normal as possible and importantly that appropriate education, monitoring and action is undertaken to prevent complications occurring or to treat complications early.
If you, or a loved one, has suffered unnecessary death or disability as a result of poor diabetes care, we would be happy to discuss the treatment and care you have received and advise you as to whether you may have a claim for compensation.
Our team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers have been hand picked for their specific skills and technical competence and include lawyers qualified in medicine and nursing, with practical skills of working in hospital and other care environments.
We can help you fund your medical negligence claim and will agree a method of funding that does not expose you to any financial risk or worry.
To make a free, no obligation enquiry about diabetes negligence, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.