It is estimated by Diabetes UK that by 2023, almost 5.5. million Brits will have diabetes, 90% of cases being type 2. There are many misinterpretations about type 2 diabetes, with many people not actually understanding what it is and how to identify if they have it. In this article, we explain what type 2 diabetes is, and what it means to have it.
Our consultant endocrinologist, and leading weight loss clinician, Dr Saira Hameed, breaks down each myth about type 2 diabetes and helps us to understand what it really is, what lifestyle changes you can make to transform your health, and how to properly manage it.
Once we consume food, our bodies naturally produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps our bodies to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, as it pushes out excess sugar out the blood, and into other parts of the body. When a person has diabetes, specifically type 2, their body struggles with pushing sugar out of the blood because of insulin resistance; therefore, their blood sugar levels rise. This leads to organ damage, sight problems and an increase in heart attack.