Type 2 diabetes: what you need to know

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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

There are two main types of diabetes:

  • type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin

  • type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Recent research has shown that going onto a low-calorie diet can reduce many of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. But what help and advice is out there?

Self care for type 2 diabetes from NHS Direct includes:

  • maintaining good physical and mental health

  • preventing illness or accidents

  • effectively dealing with minor ailments and long-term conditions.

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Other helpful websites for those with Type 2 Diabetes: