There are several types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus (also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (also known as adult-onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent)
- Gestational diabetes
- Diabetes Insipidus
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common and is generally due to either (or sometimes both) insulin deficiency, when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to control blood glucose levels, or insulin resistance when the body’s cells do not react to insulin.
It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes. There are 2.9 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and by 2025 it is estimated than five million people will have diabetes in the UK with 90% of them having Type 2 diabetes. (Diabetes in the UK, 2012)
It is estimated that about £10 billion pounds is spent by the NHS on diabetes, which is about 10% of their budget (Hex et al., 2012).
Research has shown that diabetes and pre-diabetes can be reversed through diet and lifestyle modification (Tuomilehto, 2007).
Nutritional Therapy has a very valuable role to play in supporting clients with this condition.
Our program, which can last for 6 months or more, is fully supportive and focuses on healthy eating, detoxification protocols, moderate exercise and stress management. Supplement protocols are suggested where appropriate. We provide practical techniques and strategies to manage the condition.
1.Diabetes in the UK, (2012). Key statistics on Diabetes.
Available at: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/Diabetes-in-the-UK-2012.pdf [Accessed 01 November 2012].
2. Hex, N., Bartlett, C., Wright, D., Taylor, M.,et al., (2012). Estimating the current and future costs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the UK, including direct health costs and indirect societal and productivity costs. Diabetic medicine, 29(7): 855–62.
3. Tuomilehto, J., (2007). Counterpoint: Evidence-based prevention of type 2 diabetes: the power of lifestyle management. Diabetes care, 30(2): 435-438.