Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in the UK and there are many people that are living with this illness. In fact, it is estimated that around 90% of all people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes!
A lot of research is being done into this illness to try to find ways of treating it more effectively – visit Trials 4 us paid clinical trials to find out more about this and other research projects. Type 2 diabetes differs from type 1 diabetes as it is not necessary to inject insulin as it is with type 1 – but it should be carefully managed as it can develop into type 1 diabetes and cause other problems if it is not kept an eye on.
There are a few common symptoms of type 2 diabetes – if you are feeling more thirsty than usual, need to urinate more frequently and are finding you are feeling very tired, then it is definitely worth making an appointment with your doctor.
As well as being regularly checked by medical professionals if you have type 2 diabetes there are changes that you can make to your lifestyle that will help to keep it under control.
These include maintaining a healthy weight, or losing weight if you are overweight, exercising regularly, and monitoring your blood sugar levels.
Some foods are better too – include high fibre foods – vegetables and whole grain foods and eating smaller regular portions of healthy foods is also a good way to manage it.