Today’s blog has been written by Nikki Fischr – Personal Trainer and Admin Manager here at Unique Results.
Every year in June, Diabetes UK run an awareness week to bring to everyones attention the importance of knowing the risks and symptoms of Diabetes and how to reduce the chance of getting the disease.
From figures published for 2017, 3.7 million people have diabetes in the UK. Yes you did just read that correctly – 3.7 million!! There is currently no cure. Around 90% of people have Type 2 diabetes and around 10% of people have Type 1 diabetes.
More people than ever have diabetes.
More people than ever are at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
If nothing changes, more than 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, but they’re both serious.
What causes diabetes?
What all types of diabetes have in common is that they cause people to have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. But we all need some glucose. It’s what gives us our energy. We get glucose when our bodies break down the carbohydrates that we eat or drink. And that glucose is released into our blood.
We also need a hormone called insulin. It’s made by our pancreas, and it’s insulin that allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies.
If you don’t have diabetes, your pancreas senses when glucose has entered your bloodstream and releases the right amount of insulin, so the glucose can get into your cells. But if you have diabetes, this system doesn’t work.
Type 1 and Type 2
When you’ve got Type 1 diabetes, you can’t make any insulin at all. If you’ve got Type 2 diabetes, it’s a bit different. The insulin you make either can’t work effectively, or you can’t produce enough of it.
In both types of diabetes, because glucose can’t get into your cells, it begins to build up in your blood. And too much glucose in your blood causes a lot of different problems.
To begin with it leads to symptoms, like having to wee a lot, being incredibly thirsty, and feeling very tired. You may also lose weight, get infections like thrush or suffer from slow healing wounds.
Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet, it just happens and doctors are unsure why.
Your risk increases with age.
You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian.
You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent.
You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.
You’re more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.
If you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
But you don’t have it yet.
That’s the really good news.
It means that you now have the chance to make changes that can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Around 60% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making lifestyle changes.
Where to start?
You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by:
Losing weight, if you’re overweight.
All of the above are things that we can help you with, here at Unique Results. We have a variety of memberships available that will help you to move more, lose weight and provide you with the support and encouragement you need to achieve your goal.
We also have an online Nutrition System which includes simple, healthy recipes and a weekly meal planner function to make managing your new healthy eating regime easy. Our members love it and they have achieved some amazing results. And you could to.
Check our website to find out more, http://www.uniqueresults.co.uk, and read some great stories from our lovely members who have already started on their journey to feel healthy, look healthy and be healthy.
Your in health
Information sourced from https://www.diabetes.org.uk/