Specialist expertise: Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders, Metabolic Syndrome, Endocrinology, Weight Management, Metabolic Health.
Around 4.5 million people in the UK have type 2 diabetes, with a further 13.6 million people at risk of developing the condition. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to effectively regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. The body controls blood sugar levels by producing a hormone called insulin. In people with type 2 diabetes, the body is resistant to insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance. When the body can no longer respond to the blood sugar regulating effects of insulin, blood sugar starts to run high and type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. Day to day, high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia) can cause thirst, frequent urination, susceptibility to infection and fatigue. Over time hyperglycaemia leads to complications in other parts of the body such as the kidneys and eyes.