We support Diabetes UK through a series of donations as diabetes now affects more than 5 million people in the UK, and as a foodservice supplier in the UK we believe that we should support the health of our community.
Diabetes UK has invested more than £66 million into diabetes research over the last decade alone, thanks to donations. With help, they’re getting closer to a cure.
Who are Diabetes UK?
Diabetes UK are a UK charity that hopes to eradicate diabetes. Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm.
We’re leading the fight against the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis. And it’s a fight that involves us all – sharing knowledge and taking on diabetes together.
What is diabetes?
There are two types of diabetes and they both affect insulin production that regulates blood sugar levels in your body.
The main difference between the type 1 and type 2 diabetes is that type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that often shows up early in life, and type 2 is mainly lifestyle-related and develops over time. With type 1 diabetes, your immune system is attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas.
Although type 1 and type 2 diabetes both have things in common, there are lots of differences. Like what causes them, who they affect, and how you should manage them.
For a start, type 1 affects 8% of everyone with diabetes. While type 2 diabetes affects about 90%.
Some people get confused between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This can mean you have to explain that what works for one type doesn’t work for the other, and that there are different causes.
The main thing to remember is that both are as serious as each other. Having high blood glucose (or sugar) levels can lead to serious health complications, no matter whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. So if you have either condition, you need to take the right steps to manage it.
What is type 1 diabetes?
This happens because your body attacks the cells in your pancreas that make the insulin, meaning you can’t produce any at all.
We all need insulin to live. It does an essential job. It allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies.
When you have type 1 diabetes, your body still breaks down the carbohydrate from food and drink and turns it into glucose. But when the glucose enters your bloodstream, there’s no insulin to allow it into your body’s cells. More and more glucose then builds up in your bloodstream, leading to high blood sugar levels.
What is type 2 diabetes?
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