Diabetes: the facts.

Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also sometimes known as diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes affects 285 million people around the world. It is thought that a further 100 million people have the condition but are not aware of it. It is anticipated that by 2030 over 438 million people will be living with Diabetes

The main symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes can include:

  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • increased thirst
  • extreme tiredness
  • unexplained weight loss
  • genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
  • slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • blurred vision
Diabetes explained

Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters the bloodstream, insulin helps move any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.

In people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 Diabetes and type 2 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the body produces no insulin. It is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it usually develops before the age of 40, often during the teenage years.

Type 1 Diabetes is far less common than type 2 Diabetes which occurs when the body produces too little insulin or when the cells in the body do not react properly to insulin. People with type 1 Diabetes make up only 10% of all people with diabetes.

If you have type 1 Diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body for it to function properly, or when the body’s cells do not react to insulin. This is called insulin resistance.

Type 2 Diabetes is far more common than type 1 Diabetes. Around 90% of all adults in the UK with diabetes have type 2. Type 2 Diabetes can remain undetected for many years and the diagnosis is often made from associated complications or through an abnormal urine test.

If you have type 2 Diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet and monitoring your blood glucose level. However, as type 2 Diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need to take insulin medication, usually in the form of tablets.

Type 2 Diabetes is often associated with obesity. Obesity-related diabetes is sometimes referred to as maturity-onset diabetes because it is more common in older people. Obesity is now a major factor in the western world and it is suggested that 1 in 5 adults in Europe is now classified as obese.

Diabetes is not a curable condition and needs to be managed effectively through the appropriate medications, diet and weight control. Monitoring your health when you have diabetes is crucial to preventing some of the complications associated with diabetes. This involves knowing your blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fat levels as well as the condition of your feet and getting your eyes screened.

The reason many people are undetected “creating a time bomb” for later life, is because Type 2 Diabetes is slow onset and, let’s be honest … we all feel tired and sometimes our wounds are slow to heal, especially in winter. The key is regular health checks so adjustments to your lifestyle and diet can be made early.

The treatment is dependent upon which type of diabetes you have, how long you have had the condition and most importantly...

How compliant you are in helping yourself.

This is where Cambridge 800 can help you

Cambridge 800 can treat both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics

Your accredited Cambridge 800 Consultant has specialist training in the treatment of Diabetes and they follow a strict protocol overseen by the Medical Director of Cambridge 800.

In all cases, following a healthy diet and losing weight is beneficial in the treatment of Diabetes. The blood glucose levels respond very quickly to the Cambridge products and the customer will feel an improvement within a very short space of time.

What to eat is important, complex carbohydrate, eating regularly, avoiding sugars, biscuits and cakes, fresh season vegetables and an amount of fruit, but not too much as fruit has a high level of natural sugar.

And the biggest hindrance to a Diabetic? Alcohol.

Alcohol converts into sugar. Each gram of alcohol is equal to 7 calories, so it is very “energy dense” and there is no beneficial nutrition in alcohol. We are not saying move to a convent! But we do suggest caution and taking responsibility for your own chronic condition

Your Cambridge 800 Consultant can help you to adjust your eating habits and support you to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle making your diabetes more manageable and therefore avoiding the long term health complications associated with poorly managed diabetes

Some of the complications associated with poorly managed Diabetes are:

  • Limb amputation
  • Loss of sight
  • Ulcers/wounds that won’t heal
  • Nerve end damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Fatty deposits in the arteries leading to…
    • High blood pressure
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Coronary Heart disease

The key for all Diabetics is to lose inches around the waist. Waist size {more than half that of your height} is a real risk factor to diabetes

By making of few simple changes in your life such as watching your weight, eating a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise, you can improve your overall health and wellbeing and of course delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Even if you can't completely prevent diabetes, delaying it for a few years or more will go a long way in avoiding many of the long-term side effects of diabetes.

Diabetes is manageable with the right support and knowledge.

 

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