Type 2 diabetes is a life-limiting illness provoked by excess body weight, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits. The condition is defined by a fasting blood glucose of 7 mmol/L or more meaning there is too much sugar in the bloodstream (1). Living with diabetes is straining on the individual, their family, and health care providers – but something can be done. Countless diabetics have transformed their lives by following very low-calorie diets, losing weight, and as a result, reversed their type 2 diabetes*!
90% of people with diabetes have type 2 meaning their body uses insulin inadequately. You are more at risk of developing this type of diabetes if you:
- are overweight
- carry extra weight around your stomach
- have high blood pressure
- have immediate family members with type 2 diabetes e.g. a parent or sibling
- are white and over 40 years old or African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian and over 25 years old.
You can calculate your risk on the Diabetes UK website (2).
People with diabetes often suffer from discomforting symptoms, however, 6 in 10 people have no symptoms at diagnosis! (3) It is really important to look out for the signs and symptoms of diabetes and not ignore them – especially if you have a higher risk of developing the disease.
Typical signs & symptoms include:
- frequent toilet use
- genital itching
- injuries not healing quickly
- blurred vision
- unusual weight loss (4)
You can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle, in particular,
- maintaining a healthy body weight
- regularly exercising e.g. half an hour of moderate-intensity every day
- eating healthily
- stopping smoking (1)
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