Jargon Buster - Definition of Diabetes Mellitus

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Diabetes Mellitus

is a medical condition often referred to as just diabetes. It is characterised by an high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia. There are 3 main forms of diabetes:

  • Type 1 Diabetes ? more serious and is treated by insulin injections.
  • Type 2 Diabetes ? less serious and is treated by controlling diet or by medication.
  • Gestational Diabetes ? can occur in women during pregnancy.

Dependant upon type, diabetes can be treatment by changes in diet, medication or insulin injections. If untreated, diabetes can lead to other problems such as kidney/renal failure, comas, cardiovascular disease, blindness and nerve damage.

Insurance policies such as life insurance, critical illness and income protection are more difficult to obtain for diabetics but is often achievable if arranged by a professional broker such as Top Quote UK, as they can contact all the leading providers to obtain the best terms.

Please note that all definitions are intended for general guidance only. For official and current definitions you should always double check your policy wording.

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