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What causes Type 2 diabetes?
About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. We all need insulin to live. It does an essential job. It allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body still breaks down carbohydrate from your food and drink and turns it into glucose.
The pancreas responds to this by releasing insulin. But because this insulin can’t work properly, blood glucose levels keep rising. So more insulin is released. For some people with Type 2 diabetes this can eventually tire the pancreas out, meaning their body makes less and less insulin. This causes even higher blood glucose levels.
Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes
So what does this mean? Well, as your body can’t get enough glucose into your cells, a common symptom of Type 2 diabetes is feeling very tired. Along with needing to wee a lot, feeling extremely thirsty, cuts and grazes healing slowly, and getting infections like thrush.
A lot of people don’t get any symptoms or they don’t notice them. Some people don’t think the symptoms are important so don’t ask for help. This means that some people live with Type 2 diabetes for a while before being diagnosed.
And, over a long period of time, high glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, your eyes, your feet and your kidneys. These are known as complications to diabetes
Managing Type 2 diabetes
But, with the right treatment and care, the effects of diabetes and high glucose levels can be managed. The first and most important thing to do is get a diagnosis from your doctor.
Whatever the treatment, everyone with Type 2 diabetes needs to learn how to live with it. We help people do exactly that.
We have put together an individual 6 week program.
The 6 week program includes:
Initial 1 hour consultation
5 further 1 hour sessions which will consist of:
Diet and nutrition plans including the latest combination busting foods
Challenge thinking and behaviour
Price £180 for the 6 week course