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About Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.

3.8 million people

are currently diagnosed with Diabetes in the UK

1,000,000 adults

have Diabetes Type 2 and don't know it.

415 million people

affected by diabetes globally and this will grow to over 640 million by 2040

Diabetes Type 1

In type 1 diabetes the pancreas fails to produce insulin and insulin injections are required for life. The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown but it is thought to be an auto-immune process. In effect the body produces antibodies to the pancreas, damaging it and preventing it producing insulin.

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Diabetes Type 2

In type 2 diabetes the cause is generally weight related. If you are slim it is likely your body is not producing enough insulin to convert the carbohydrate you eat into energy. You may need tablets and/or insulin to help. If you are overweight it is more likely that insulin resistance is responsible.

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1 in 4 people with diabetes,

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Staying well until a cure is found

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