Diabetes affects about 3.7 million people in the UK. About 90 per cent of those are diabetes type 2 patients, according to the NHS.
The condition is caused by the body struggling to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
Recognising diabetes symptoms early is crucial, as the earlier it’s diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.
You may be able to reveal if you’re at risk of diabetes by analysing your urine - in particular, your urine’s smell.
If your wee smells more concentrated than normal, it could be an early warning sign that you have diabetes, revealed Now Patient’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Thornber to Express.co.uk.
Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Urine smell reveals high blood sugar risk
Urine doesn’t usually smell at all - unless you’ve eaten foods that could make it smell stronger than usual, said Thornber.
If you haven’t eaten any of these foods recently, and your wee smells stronger than usual, you should see a doctor, he warned.
“Urine doesn’t really smell, but certain foods [like asparagus] can make it smell stronger than usual,” said Thornber.
“If your urine is smelling slightly strange or stronger than usual, then speak to your GP.
“It could be a sign of a urinary tract infection, diabetes or a bladder infection.”
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