Type 2 Diabetes is the result of the pancreas not producing enough insulin and/or the insulin does not work effectively (known as insulin resistance). Insulin is the hormone produced to allow the body to use carbohydrate for energy. This type of diabetes is the most common and accounts for 85–90 per cent of all cases of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is often initially managed with healthy eating and physical activity. A dietitian is recommended even if the person eats a healthy diet as they help you to adjust your carbohydrate intake so that it it prevents excessively high blood glucose levels throughout the day.
Over time it is likely that most people with type 2 diabetes will also need tablets and some will also need insulin. This is just the natural progression of the condition, and taking tablets or insulin as soon as they are required can help reduce the risk of complications in the long-term ( It is not so much having diabetes that causes damage to your body it is having poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and smoking that causes complications)
Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a progressive condition and it is important to check in regularly with your GP. The GP can do regular blood and urine tests that help them decide what medication and treatment options will improve your diabetes control and reduce the risk of complications. Make an appointment with Catherine and she can help you to not only understand your blood results and look at treatment options but she can help you with the day to day self management. Whether it is blood glucose monitoring, injecting insulin, learning about useful smart phone apps or setting realistic and achievable goals. Check our link page for reliable websites and the You Tube video from Diabetes UK on diabetes.