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Type 2 Diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2

With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.

This leads to high blood sugar levels that can lead to severe complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and blindness, if not managed properly.

What can you do about it?

The infographic above outlines some of the risk factors of type 2 diabetes, many of which are lifestyle related.

For example, being overweight and having fat around your tummy (abdomen) particularly increases your risk. This is because it releases chemicals that can upset the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems.

We can all reduce these type of risks by making simple lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy weight, being active and eating a healthy diet.

In fact, did you know that if you are overweight you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50% simply by losing 5% of your body weight.

Take this quick and simple test to find out if you’re at risk:

Find out more about type 2 diabetes by clicking on the links below:

Type 2 diabetes – complications
Type 2 diabetes – causes
Reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes or would like help reducing your risk contact our friendly team today. We can help you to make the necessary lifestyle changes with our FREE adult weight management, stop smoking, active wellbeing and health walk programmes. You only have one life, so why wait?

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At OneLife Suffolk, we understand that 12 weeks is a relatively short period of time, particularly when attempting to lose weight. If you complete a programme with us, you will be offered ongoing monthly maintenance sessions after your 12 weeks

Grant funding to lower sugar intake in children and young people still available!
Grant funding to encourage a reduction in sugar intake is still available. The grant is open to PTAs or Friends of Schools/PRUs and community groups. Find out more here https://buff.ly/2uuP32e

As we start to approach the end of #SugarAwarenessWeek, let us know what changes you have many in your diet to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume. Have you stopped having fizzy drinks? Cut down on the amount of chocolate you eat? Or something else altogether?

Resist the urge to sit at your desk this lunchtime.

Take a break. Go for a walk and stretch your legs.

You'll feel much better for it.

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