Here, we explore the basics of What Diabetes is, the different Types of Diabetes and the Main Causes of Diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high - it is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. The insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells where it's broken down to produce energy.
However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there's either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly.
There are a variety of factors that can put you at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, these include:
Some people can remain undiagnosed for up to twelve years, so if you fall within these risk factors, it is most definitely worth booking an appointment with your GP, even if it is just for peace of mind.
You can help manage Type 2 Diabetes by making lifestyle changes such as:
If you have Type 1 Diabetes, there are no lifestyle changes you can make to prevent Diabetes.
People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life.
Taken from the NHS England, symptoms of diabetes include:
Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience these main symptoms of diabetes.
The Skinny Food Co have multiple blogs based on Diabetes which you can find via our Health and Wellbeing Blog page.
We also have lots of Diabetic Friendly Recipes incorporating products from our Sugar Free Range which you can find via our Recipes page, or visit our Delicious Diabetic Friendly Recipes blog.
The NHS England Website has a tonne of information on Diabetes:
You can also follow online accounts and advocates for Diabetes - there's some much help, guidance and advice online for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes!
We have been very fortunate to be of assistance to lots of people living with diabetes and our products are suitable for diabetic. Look out for the Sugarwise logo and read more about Sugarwise here.
Here, we have listed 5 delicious recipes that are not only delicious, heart (and tummy) warming - but also low calorie *mind-blown*