DIABETES is a disease that affects nearly four million people in the UK, 90 per cent of whom have type 2.
Type 2 diabetes can occur when the body has trouble regulating blood sugar levels.
This is because the insulin produced by your pancreas is not working properly, or your pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin.
In return yours blood sugar levels continue to rise, making them difficult to control, which means more insulin is then released.
It’s a serious condition and can lead to complications that damage your feet, eyes, and most importantly, your heart.
Today it was announced that there could be a connection Covid and type 2 diabetes.
Scientists in the UK and US sounded the alarm early in the pandemic after noting a spike in cases of the potentially life-threatening condition.
Since then, studies have linked the virus to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
There are some things that can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, some of which you cannot control.
dr Wendy Denning said that if you’re male and overweight, you’re more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
She explained that this is because of where the fat is stored.
“Men are biologically more vulnerable and need to gain much less weight than women to develop diabetes.
“Fat distribution may explain men’s tendency to develop diabetes at lower BMI levels.”
dr Wendy, who works with diabetes supplements CuraLin said women typically store more fat subcutaneously (under the skin) in areas like the hips and thighs, while men tend to store more fat in their abdomens.
“As such, women may need to accumulate a greater total amount of fat before they begin to develop harmful deposits in the abdominal area,” she said.
Ethnicity may also play a role in diabetes, experts say.
You are at higher risk of developing the disease if you are of African-Caribbean, Black African or South Asian (Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi) or Chinese ancestry. Diabetes UK Conditions.
Diet is key when it comes to diabetes and the NHS just last month launched a plan to enable thousands of Britons with the condition to do so access a meal plan that can help you reverse it.
Nutritionist and fitness trainer Cassandra Barns said that weight gain around the abdomen is an indication that your blood sugar levels may be high and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
“If you already have the disease, maintaining a healthy weight makes managing type 2 diabetes easier — including controlling blood sugar levels — and reducing the risk of complications,” she said.
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
Type 2 diabetes develops more slowly than type 1 diabetes.
Most people don’t get any symptoms, but there are a few things to look out for.
- go to the toilet more often
- feel really thirsty
- feeling more tired – because your body can’t hold the glucose it needs
- Lose weight without trying
- Cuts that take a while to heal
- blurred vision
Source: Diabetes UK
dr Denning said that if you eat well and exercise regularly, you’re less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
“Exercise makes your body more sensitive to insulin, and the more you exercise, the more glucose you burn, which lowers blood sugar.
“Exercise at least 30 minutes a day – most days of the week.
“Exercise also helps reduce your risk of heart disease, reduces stress and may help you lose weight,” she said.
Fatigue can have many causes and sometimes you just have to take a nap.
However, Cassandra said it may be an indication that your body is not efficiently taking glucose (sugar) into your cells to use for energy, meaning your blood sugar is staying high.
dr Denning said your age could have a significant impact on your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
She explained: “The most common age for developing type 2 diabetes is between 45 and 60.
“It has been found that ‘normal-weight’ older people may have insulin resistance, suggesting that aging itself increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
Different parts of your life can make a difference when it comes to type 2 diabetes.
If you have a family history of the disease, for example a close relative such as a sibling or a parent has diabetes, then you are more likely to have the disease.
Your medical history is also important and the experts at Diabetes UK say that if you have a history high blood pressure, heart attack or punchesgestational diabetes or severe mental illness.
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