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There are actually two types of diabetes. Type-1 generally occurs in children and young people when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. We still don’t know what causes it. Type-2 diabetes is different. This type of diabetes is affecting people on an epidemic scale.
Type-2 diabetes is caused by obesity - in particular fat around the tummy. Your body has to produce so much insulin to balance the amount of calories you are taking in that your cells become less able to absorb it. Your pancreas then has to work harder to produce enough insulin to lower your blood sugar levels. Eventually, the pancreas can’t keep up and your insulin and blood sugar become unbalanced.
Type-2 diabetes doesn’t come on suddenly. Before developing diabetes first you will have features of the metabolic syndrome. Also known as pre-diabetes, this describes a combination of: excess abdominal fat, raised blood pressure, reduced insulin sensitivity and unbalanced blood fats.
At this point your blood sugar is above normal but below diabetic levels. You might notice yourself getting thirstier and needing to pee more. But lots of people can develop Type 2 diabetes without knowing it.
Untreated diabetes is extremely dangerous. It’s very bad for the arteries and can cause serious heart disease, eye problems, strokes and reduction in blood flow to the small blood vessels. This can sometimes lead to amputation.
Not only is Type-2 diabetes preventable, it’s actually reversible. With the right combination of exercise and diet, people who develop Type-2 diabetes can get rid of the disease. For years the view was that once you’d got diabetes you had it for life. The problem is the high fat and high calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles that many of us lead.
The best way to prevent Type-2diabetes is to adjust your diet and lose weight. Fat around your stomach is the main cause of the onset of Type-2 diabetes. Losing that fat can significantly lower the risk of developing diabetes. Eating a healthy balanced diet and cutting right back on foods high with sugars and saturated fat increases life expectancy.
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