Do you know what diabetes is?

Processed with VSCO with e7 presetThere are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 you are born with, but type 2 is primarily cause by an unhealthy diet.

4.6 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, with 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with diabetes having type 2 diabetes. 12.3 million people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a very serious condition and if not correctly managed with insulin then it can cause a whole host of other complications including losing your sight.

The good news is that if you are at increased risk of having type 2 diabetes you can reverse it and never get to the stage of using insulin. You can do this through using low carb diets and exercise for a period of time. You can speak to your doctor about this.

You don’t even need to get type 2 diabetes in the first place if you take care of yourself and your diet. The problem is that people associate type 2 diabetes as something you get if you are overweight, this isn’t always the case. It is very much dependant on how your body stores and metabolises fat and sugar and sometimes these traits can be inherited from previous generations. It doesn’t mean that if type 2 diabetes is inherited from a previous generation that you are guaranteed to inherit it – if you look after your diet. It just means that you need to be more careful about what you eat compared to others.

If you eat a healthy, balanced diet and incorporate exercise then you should have nothing to worry about. Everyone loves cakes and burgers but they should be thought of as a treat and are not for every day consumption.

You can think of healthy alternatives to almost everything nowadays and you can still have a little treat at the end of the week.

I hope this helps. X

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