Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Diabetes awareness week: Type 2 explained....

Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1, 90% of people living with diabetes have type 2.
Unlike type 1 there are lifestyle factors and genetic factors that increase the chances of developing type 2.
If family members members have type 2 diabetes then you are at an increased risk.
If you are overweight then you will significantly increase your risk.
If you have high blood pressure or high amounts of lipid in your blood then the risk is increased.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to type 1, but because in the early stages they are so mild that they generally go unnoticed. Because of this many that are diagnosed would have had the condition for months, maybe even years before they know it. It also means than a high proportion of people with type 2 already show signs of eye damage and hardening of the arteries at the point of diagnosis.
Type 2 diabetes is usually controlled by diet alone, or the combination of diet and tablets.

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