Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 549,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 – where the body does not produce any insulin.
- Type 2 – where the body does not produce enough insulin. This can be due to insulin resistance, often caused by being above a healthy weight.
Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose from the bloodstream to enter the body’s cells and be transferred into energy.
The aim of the Dietitians is to improve the quality of life and knowledge of people living with diabetes helping to reduce complications.
Our Dietitians can help you to improve your diabetes control by supporting you with individually tailored dietary and lifestyle advice and education, helping you to understand how diet and diabetes medications can affect blood glucose control.
They are able give advice on how to achieve a healthy balanced diet that is suitable for diabetes, as well as other diagnosed conditions that you may have.
If applicable, our team can also support you to achieve a healthier weight for your height (Body Mass Index) as this can often result in a reduction of diabetes medications.
Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are serious conditions. They have a huge impact on each diagnosed person, and their families. Diabetes requires careful management every single day for the rest of their lives.