Having a poor diet is the world's deadly health risk, which accounts for a fifth of all deaths due to its links to heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Diabetes affects 4.7 million people in the UK with more than 290,000 in the East Midlands and many others without diagnosis.
Do you know the signs of type 2 diabetes and want to know how to do it if you were diagnosed? 19659004] What causes type 2 diabetes?
Insulin is a hormone in our bodies that controls the glucose levels in our blood.
Insulin breaks down glucose in the body and makes it possible to move from our blood cells to the body's tissues, such as muscle cells, when we need a fast energy hit.
But type 2 diabetes interferes with this process.
Your body can no longer control the amount of glucose in your blood, as your body cannot respond to insulin properly. Your body continues to break down carbohydrate from your food and drink as normal, and convert it into glucose as the pancreas tries to regulate by releasing insulin.
However, since insulin does not work properly, glucose levels continue to rise, and more insulin is released in a bid from your body to control it and cause an increase in blood sugar.
What are the symptoms?
Be aware that many people with type 2 diabetes do not get any symptoms or they do not notice them.
How do you manage type 2 diabetes?
The effect of diabetes can be controlled with the right treatment and care. The symptoms may even be reversed in some cases. [1
For more advice on how to administer Type 2 Diabetes, visit Diabetes UK.
Find out your risk for type 2 diabetes.