Do you know how to recognise the nine signs of type 2 diabetes?
Every day in the UK 700 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which roughly equates to one person every two minutes. It’s often assumed that once a diagnosis has been made, diabetes stays with you for life, but fortunately this is no longer the case. Experts from Diabetes UK are suggesting that by doing a little old-school dieting, you can successfully put type 2 diabetes into remission within a matter of months.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition that affects the production of insulin by cells in the pancreas, causing high levels of blood sugar. This can lead to chronic diseases such as blindness, stroke, heart disease, plus amputations and in untreated cases, death.
Dr Matthew Capehorn, GP and Medical Director at LighterLife, says: “For the majority of patients with type 2 diabetes we now know it’s caused by the biochemical action of metabolically active fat cells. This ‘visceral’ fat, which is mainly in and around organs such as the pancreas, is different to subcutaneous fat (the fat found just under the skin), and too much results in reducing the sensitivity that our body has to our own insulin. With prolonged excess weight, damage can occur to the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, making the problem much worse.”
It’s therefore paramount to understand and recognised the nine tell-tale signs of type 2 diabetes:
1 Needing to urinate more than usual, particularly at night
2 Dark patches on the skin
3 Feeling very tired or exhausted all the time
4 Increased appetite
5 Cuts or wounds that take a long time to heal properly
6 Unexpected weight loss
7 Nerve pain or numbness
8 Feeling very thirsty
9 Blurred vision
Weight-loss plans such as the LighterLife Total very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) and total dietary replacement (TDR), have been proven by DiRECT (DIabetes REmission Clinical Trial) researcher from Diabetes UK to reduce fat levels in and around the pancreas. This will restore blood-sugar and insulin levels to normal, sending diabetes into remission.
If you’re worried about type 2 diabetes, make sure you visit your GP for advice especially if you are considering making changes to your diet.
Credit: Information provided by LighterLife