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What is Diabetes?

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the glucose levels in the blood are too high due to the body’s inability to use it properly. There are different types of diabetes, the most common one is type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly (Diabetes UK). Having diabetes increases the risk of heart disease which is why keeping cholesterol in check is essential. People with diabetes should aim to keep their total cholesterol under 4 mmol/l.

  • What causes diabetes?

11.5 million people in the UK are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes. In some cases, the risk is genetic however in most cases diabetes can be prevented by an improved healthy diet. (Diabetes UK). Our lifestyle is the most important factor that can impact the risk of getting diabetes. Being overweight, choosing unhealthy foods or living a sedentary life increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

  • Symptoms

The symptoms of diabetes derive from the high glucose level in the blood, it can include thirst, dry mouth, frequent urination, blurred vision, weight loss and tiredness.

  • Treatment for diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes it is necessary to manage the disease, however the good news is that in the majority of cases improved lifestyle is the key solution.

The main treatment should consist of eating healthily and exercising regularly, and perhaps lose weight. When lifestyle changes are not enough different medication can be prescribed. Medication needs to be tailored to the individual requirements, it can be one or a combination of tablets, all aiming to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. In some cases, taking insulin injections can be recommended to help store away glucose in the cells.

  • How can Betavivo help?

Taking action to manage your type 2 diabetes and maintain healthy cholesterol levels is essential. Eating Betavivo oat cereals as part of a meal help lower cholesterol, but is also reduces the blood glucose peak after that meal.