We all know only too well how hard it is to say no to that extra piece of chocolate or another cheeky sweet, but do we actually pay attention to the impact our sweet tooth could have on our health?

Help to detect diabetes

Specsavers Beckenham store director Premal Patel explains here how having regular sight checks can help detect and manage diabetes. The winter months are often when we are most tempted to indulge in sweet treats and throughout January, many of us will have been working hard to get rid of that extra weight gained. Many people still do not think about the dangers extra weight gain can have on their health – being overweight can increase the risk of someone developing a number of serious diseases.

Linking sight to diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease which has been linked to an unhealthy diet. A lot of people don’t realise that your sight becomes extremely vulnerable if you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Around 40 per cent of the four million people in the UK living with diabetes have some degree of optical damage, known as retinopathy.

If retinopathy is detected early and treated then blindness can be prevented in 90 per cent of cases. At Specsavers Beckenham we use a digital retinal camera to take a photograph of the back of the eye, which allows us to monitor the smallest of changes.

An eye examination can detect signs of diabetes in people who don’t even realise they have it, which is why we at Specsavers encourage everyone to have an eye test at least every two years.

Professional advice

All of our optometrists are trained to spot the signs of diabetes and other conditions and diseases during a regular eye examination. I would encourage anyone who has not had an eye examination in the last two years to book an appointment as soon as possible – it could save your life.

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