Type 2 Diabetes
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- The problem
An estimated three million people in the UK now suffer from this disease, and it is something that is set to continue rising at an alarming rate unless we find ways to cope. It’s not just adults who are at risk any more as increasing numbers of children and young people are being diagnosed.
In type 2 diabetes, the problem isn’t too little insulin, but the failure of cells to respond to insulin. It tends to go hand in hand with people’s tendency to put on weight as they age.
With enough fat stored away already, our fat cells become full, and so any more fat offerings cause the cells to become distended and resistant to more.
Our insulin, which is the agent for glucose and fat uptake in the cells is now given short shrift by our fat cells. There is no more room at the inn!
As insulin resistance increases, less and less of the circulating glucose and fat can find a home, and all this floating debris ends up causing serious mischief in other areas of the body, most notably in our blood vessels.
Other tissues and organs are also instructed not to take up these nutrient refugees and as time goes on more and more of our body becomes insulin resistant. The pancreas responds by trying to release more insulin to make amends but this simply causes our cells to become even more resistant, and so the vicious cycle continues.
Eventually, the insulin-secreting cells in our pancreas burnout, and you find yourself having graduated to type 1 diabetes.
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“If a child gets type 2 diabetes, it’s condemning them to a lot of complications of that condition, such as blindness, amputations and kidney disease”
Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular health at Queen Mary University of London