Diabetes is excess sugar (glucose) in the blood. Over time this can damage blood vessels and cause a range of problems with the kidneys, eyes, heart and nervous system. Diabetes is classed at Type 1 or Type 2. These are actually very different conditions but in both cases, sufferers end up with the same excess glucose in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes
The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is not known, but a lack of insulin prodction the body is the underlying mechanism. Insulin helps lower blood glucose, so if you are a Type 1 diabetic you will normally be prescribed insulin injections to help control your blood glucose. While many doctors will advise you to eat a normal balanced diet if you are using insulin, there is increasing evidence to suggest that a low glycemic load diet may help you also. Get in touch for more information.
Type 2 diabetes
Caused by an insensitivy to insulin (insulin produced but cannot work to lower blood glucose). Type 2 diabetes is frequenty (though not always) caused by being overweight. Weight loss, exercise and drugs to help lower blood glucose are the conventional approaches to treatment. It was once believed that if a person suffered from Type 2 diabetes for a prolonged period they could never regain normal control of their glucose levels.
Nowadays a better understanding of the effects of diet, weight loss and natural approaches to treatment mean that patients can realistically aim to regain normal blood glucose levels again and in so doing minimize the very real risks of problems associated with diabetes such as heart disease, kidney problems and problems with nerve endings in the body. Call or email to learn more about tackling Type 2 diabetes.