Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high because the body doesn’t make enough of a hormone called insulin.Unlike type 1 diabetes which is triggered by an autoimmune reaction, lifestyle factors - such as diet and being overweight - are often the reason people are diagnosed with type 2.However, experts earlier this month suggested that it is possible to reverse the condition.This is defined by diabetes.co.uk as a significant long-term improvement in insulin sensitivity.Recent research published in the British Medical Journal revealed that losing a certain amount of weight could ‘cure’ type 2 diabetes. Sustained weight loss of around 15kg was found to lead to total remission in type 2 diabetes sufferers, according to scientists at the University of Glasgow. Sustained weight loss of around 15kg was found to lead to total remission, according to … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Is it possible to REVERSE the condition?
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different conditions, but they present similar symptoms.However the majority of people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood.The signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes should never be ignored.If they are not treated, the condition can lead to serious and complex health conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis.Untreated type 2 diabetes can affect the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.The common symptoms of diabetes include:Going to the toilet a lot, especially at nightExcessive urination can be triggered by excess glucose in the blood which interferes with the kidney’s ability to concentrate urine.Being really thirstyThe medical term for increased thirst is puldisia. Feeling thirsty all the time, or having a stronger thirst than usual, which continues after drinking can be a sign of diabetesFeeling more tired than usualFeeling tired can be a symptom of low blood sugar.ARE YOU AT RISK OF LIFE-THREATENING … [Read more...] about Diabetes symptoms: Warning signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
People over 40 should be checked to see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes, with almost two million offered a place on a diet and exercise programme, a health watchdog has said.Every week 4,500 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes across the UK.Experts also said risk assessments for the condition should be carried out in GP surgeries and pharmacies.The health watchdog, NICE, said people should also be encouraged to test themselves for the condition - which is linked to obesity - in community venues and the workplace.Anyone attending the free NHS Health Check with their GP once they hit 40 should be screened for existing type 2 diabetes or the chance of having it in future, it said.Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at Nice, said: "We know that helping someone to make simple changes to their diet and exercise levels can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes."And that this approach is a cost-effective way of managing an illness … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: THIS is the age you should be tested – are you at risk?
Artificial sweeteners, which many people with weight issues use as a substitute for sugar, may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research. The study was small and the detailed results have not yet been published, but experts said its findings fitted with previous research showing an association between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity and rates of the disease are soaring around the world. Its complications, if it is not controlled, can include blindness, heart attacks and strokes. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Adelaide, in Australia, who wanted to investigate whether large amounts of no-calorie artificial sweeteners altered the ability of the body to control the levels of glucose in the blood. Some of the 27 healthy volunteers who were recruited for the study were given the equivalent of 1.5 litres of diet drink a day, in the form of capsules of two different sweeteners, sucralose … [Read more...] about Artificial sweeteners raise risk of type 2 diabetes, study suggests
Type 2 diabetes symptoms occur glucose - or blood sugar - stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.The main symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms.However, one woman contacted This Morning’s second opinion complaining of bad breath.The woman, called Sarah, asked Dr Zoe Williams and Dr Ranj Singh for a second opinion.The doctors joined hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the morning programme.Sarah said: “It is quite embarrassing. I have tried a number of things.”She said doesn’t know what could be causing the problem or how to get rid of it and even said some people have noticed.Dr Zoe asked if Sarah had any other medication conditions. Sarah said she has type 2 diabetes.Dr Zoe said: “Type 2 diabetes can cause dry mouth, or a sour taste in your mouth.” Bad breath is a common side effect of type 2 diabetes She said bad … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: THIS could be a warning sign of condition
Type 2 diabetes is generally perceived as incurable, but for many patients it can be reversed with sustained weight loss of around 15kg, experts have revealed in the BMJ.Louise McCombie at the University of Glasgow and colleagues have said some patients and doctors might not realise that type 2 diabetes can be reversed.The team has called for greater awareness, documentation, and surveillance of remissions to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.Type 2 diabetes now affects about 3.2 million people in the UK.The NHS currently spends almost £1 billion a year - £22 million a day - on antidiabetes drugs, and costs are rising worldwide as diabetes rates and drug prices escalate.Emily Burns, Head of Research Communications at Diabetes UK, said: “The ability to put type 2 diabetes into remission could be transformative for millions of people around the World, and evidence is building to suggest that it's possible.“In the meantime, we need to ensure … [Read more...] about Reverse type 2 diabetes – THIS is how much weight you should lose to cure condition
Substances found in the popular drink have been linked to delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes - but few studies have tested the hypothesis.Now, scientists from Denmark have found one of the previously untested substances could improve the function of cells and importantly - improve insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice. Experts believe the finding could help to treat or even prevent the disease.Pervious studies have considered drinking coffee could reduce the risk of developing diabetes.After discounting caffeine as the reason for this - experts found a substance in coffee called cafestol could boost insulin secretion in pancreatic cells when they were exposed to glucose.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.Experts found the substance Cafestol also increased the uptake of sugar in the blood - glucose in muscle cells.They found this was as … [Read more...] about DELAY type 2 diabetes: Substance in this common drink could prevent disease
Scientists have discovered the conditions are linked by the same genes which could offer hope of combating them with the same drug.Researchers analysed the complete DNA of more than 250,000 people and found seven mutations that increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes.It could help explain why diabetics are 65 and 48 per cent more likely to suffer heart failure or a heart attack, respectively."Identifying these gene variants linked to both type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease risk in principle opens up opportunities to lower the risk of both outcomes with a single drug,” said Professor Danish Saleheen, Epidemiologist at Pennsylvania University.The findings add to the basic scientific understanding of both major illnesses and point to potential targets for future drugs.Professor Saleheen said: "From a drug development perspective it would make sense to focus on those pathways that are most strongly linked to both diseases."Type 2 diabetes is a significant risk … [Read more...] about Heart disease and type 2 diabetes symptoms: One treatment for both could be on horizon
However, now experts have announced a new approach - analysing specific molecules in the body - which could lead to a more accurate identification of people at high risk of the disease.Scientists said the findings could help tackle the global increase of type 2 diabetes which affect millions of people globally.Researchers at the University of Glasgow have discovered potential new predictors, or biological markers of diabetes in the form of proteins and molecules called micro-RNAs.They said these could become new targets for diabetes drug development to help treat sufferers. Type 2 diabetes is a common condition characterised by high blood sugar and serious long-term complications including eye, kidney, nerve and heart disease, reducing life expectancy if it is not well managed. “Many cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by earlier and more intense intervention to reduce calorie intake, increase physical activity and prevent the weight gain associated with modern … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms? How to accurately identify if YOU are at high risk
Experts have also revealed people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop problems with their thyroid. Diabetes UK, a charity which helps people living with diabetes, said: “There are two types of thyroid disorder: hypothyroidism (where the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones) and hyperthyroidism (where it produces too much).“Thyroid problems are more common in people with diabetes than those without diabetes, especially those with Type 1, because the body’s cells can attack the thyroid and destroy the cells as they do the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. “Adults and children can be affected, and hypothyroidism is more common in people with Type 1. Type 2 diabetes could be linked to hypothyroidism “People with Type 2 are more likely to develop thyroid problems too, but it’s not clear why this is.“Neither hypothyroidism nor … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes patients at greater risk of THIS potentially life-threatening condition
Image copyright Getty Images More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, and the rise in cases is a "hugely disturbing trend", local councils are warning.The figures come from a report by child health experts which found 110 more cases among under-19s in 2015-16 than two years previously.The youngest children affected are aged between five and nine.Council leaders said urgent action on childhood obesity was needed.The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, added that government cuts to public health budgets had affected their ability to tackle the issue. Why are children getting type 2 diabetes?Being overweight is the biggest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, and three-quarters of these children were obese.With child obesity rates in England rising - but now by a smaller amount than they have been - it's … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’
The number of children and teenagers with Type 2 diabetes has risen 14 per cent in a single year amid a “hugely disturbing trend” in youth obesity. New figures reveal more than 600 young people were suffering from the condition last year, the majority of whom are aged 15 to 19. The data from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) also showed that eight in ten of those with the illness, which was unheard of among children 18 years ago, were clinically obese. These figures show a hugely disturbing trendLocal Government Association It was published ahead of the first anniversary of the Government’s childhood obesity plan, which was criticised for being too lenient on the manufacturers of unhealthy food and drink aimed at children. Experts have warned, however, that the true number of children and teenagers with Type 2 diabetes is likely to be far higher, as the figures only include patients treated in specialist paediatric services. Black … [Read more...] about 600-plus children and teens now have Type 2 diabetes as cases soar
If type 2 diabetes isn't treated properly and well managed, it can lead to a number of other health problems including heart disease.However, there is no way of knowing how long someone with the condition is expected to live.It depends how soon diabetes was diagnosed, any other health conditions unrelated to diabetes and factors including how often people attend health checks and look after their own health.Knowing the symptoms of diabetes can boost the chances of living longer. Diabetes UK said: “Early diagnosis, treatment and good control are vital for good health and reduce the chances of developing serious complications.”Symptoms include urinating more than usual, feeling thirst, feeling tired, cuts or wounds which heal slowly and blurred vision.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.High glucose levels - also known as blood sugar … [Read more...] about Does type 2 diabetes affect life expectancy? Live longer by spotting THESE symptoms
Image copyright PA Image caption There are two main types of diabetes, which causes a person's blood sugar level to become dangerously high A group of people with type 2 diabetes feel let down by NI policy makers. Last year the Department of Health outlined how to improve outcomes for people living with the condition. A Department of Health spokesperson said the Diabetes Strategic Framework was developed to support those living with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.But members of the group "Type-2 Action NI" feel neglected as the plan makes little reference to improving the treatment of type 2 diabetes. They are calling for a review of strategic framework document to better address the needs of tens of thousands of people in NI living with type 2. Diabetes causes a person's blood sugar level to … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes patients ‘let down’ by NI policy
Every week 4,500 people are diagnosed with diabetes across the UK. Nick Else was at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease in early 2016.He weighed more than 300lbs but dramatically changed his lifestyle after being told his health was at risk.Nick said: “I was aware of diabetes being a serious problem due to a good friend of mine also having the condition, so whilst being aware of it you don't ever really consider it being something at risk to you."Nick said it wasn’t actually his GP who flagged up his health problems.“It was actually flagged up at my local gym Active Nation as part of a former NHS get fit scheme, where you had your weight and blood pressure monitored over a period of three months along with nutritional and physical advice.“I was made aware of my risks through them and then by my GP via routine check ups,” he said.Nick said being at risk of type 2 diabetes was not something he wanted to hear - but said it … [Read more...] about Man REVERSED Type 2 diabetes risk – and lost half his body weight – by doing THIS
If type 2 diabetes isn't treated properly and well managed, it can lead to a number of other health problems including heart disease.However, there is no way of knowing how long someone with the condition is expected to live.It depends how soon diabetes was diagnosed, any other health conditions unrelated to diabetes and factors including how often people attend health checks and look after their own health. Knowing the symptoms of diabetes can boost the chances of living longer. Symptoms include urinating more than usual, feeling thirst, feeling tired, cuts or wounds which heal slowly and blurred vision.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.High glucose levels - also known as blood sugar can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.If diabetes is not properly managed it can lead to serious consequences such as sight loss, limb amputation, kidney … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes – how knowing the symptoms could affect YOUR life expectancy
Alcohol in moderation could avoid the need for painful daily injections for type 2 diabetes sufferers.It's associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to a new study published in Diabetologia.Experts have found with alcohol consumption over 3 to 4 week days giving the lowest risks of diabetes.They study analysed 70,000 participants who gave detail of alcohol consumption.Participants were told two record the amount of alcohol they consumed in questionnaires.Participants were also asked whether their alcohol consumption had increased, decreased or remained stable over the previous five years.The data was adjusted to take the following factors into consideration: age, sex, level of education, body mass index, smoking status, diet, leisure time activity, current or previous hypertension and family history of diabetes.During follow up, 859 men and 887 women developed diabetes.In terms of weekly alcohol amount, the lowest risk of developing diabetes being … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes: Drinking alcohol regularly could REDUCE risk of disease
To manage the condition, type 2 diabetics often have to make changes to their diet - such as reducing the amount of food they eat and stopping eating certain types of food.However, there is often confusion among people newly diagnosed with the disease as to what they can actually eat.Insulin is the hormone which is responsible for controlling the amount of sugar in the blood.Type 2 diabetes - which is far more common than type 1 diabetes - occurs where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells in the body don’t react to insulin.This causes blood sugar, or glucose to stay in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.However, although sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes - people are more likely to develop the condition if they are overweight.Diabetes UK said: “You can see if too much sugar is making you put on weight, then you are increasing your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.“But Type 2 diabetes is complex, and sugar is unlikely … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes diet – can you REALLY eat sugar if you have the disease?
To manage the condition, type 2 diabetics often have to make changes to their diet - such as reducing the amount of food they eat and stopping eating certain types of food.However, there is often confusion among people newly diagnosed with the disease as to what they can actually eat.Insulin is the hormone which is responsible for controlling the amount of sugar in the blood.Type 2 diabetes - which is far more common than type 1 diabetes - occurs where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells in the body don’t react to insulin.This causes blood sugar, or glucose to stay in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.However, although sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes - people are more likely to develop the condition if they are overweight.Diabetes UK said: “You can see if too much sugar is making you put on weight, then you are increasing your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.“But Type 2 diabetes is complex, and sugar is unlikely … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes diet – can you eat sugar if you have the disease?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.The condition can cause long-term complications - and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney damage.However it can alter the way the body works in the short-term.People with diabetes of find they are going to the toilet a lot, and often later at night.The term for urinating at night is called nocturia.Experts say needing to go to the toilet once a night is relatively normal, however, any more than this could indicate there are underlying health conditions.Urinating more often than usual can be triggered by excess glucose - or sugar -in the blood.This interferes with the kidney’s ability to concentrate urine. Fri, August 19, 2016 … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms – don’t ignore this major warning sign of disease