Half a million people have silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. If not diagnosed early, type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney damage, amputation and heart attack.
You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, but your risk increases if you are over 40, especially if you are overweight or have a family history of type 2 diabetes. If you are over 40 make an appointment with your GP to get checked.
Dave was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 39 years old. Whilst driving, he lost the colour in his vision and immediately made an appointment with his GP.
He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The doctors said if he didn’t make changes to his lifestyle, he would be dead in three months.
Ten years on, Dave is sharing his story to raise awareness of the need for people to get checked for type 2 diabetes.