Diabetes is a chronic medical condition which impacts a person’s blood sugar levels, often them to become elevated.
Diabetes can be categorised into three different types, with types one and two being the most common amongst UK adults, and type 2 being the most prevalent of those. It is noted that out of all UK adult sufferers, 90% of these will have type two diabetes, and as we go on, it will become more evident as to why this is most shocking.
Due to the nation of this debilitating condition there are multiple charities and foundations which are doing brilliant work researching into potential cures or treatments for this disease.
The International Diabetes Federation is the main organisation, deemed an umbrella ‘charity’ it consists of 230 national diabetes association’s worldwide.
In the UK the main diabetes charity is Diabetes UK. They help to lead the fight against diabetes across England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland.
Each year they work tirelessly to set up campaigns and fundraisers to help those living with the condition.
The main charity events held/supported by this assassination include “Diabetes Awareness Week” which runs in mid June, as well as “World Diabetes Day” which is held annually on the 14th of November.
So what are these campaigns for?
As previously stated diabetes is a debilitating condition which affects over 4 million people in the U.K. alone.
Diabetes can cause multiple complications, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney Problems
- Visual Impairments
- Loss of Limbs
- Skin Conditions
- Hearing Difficulty/Loss
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Clinical Depression
Many of the above can be life altering or cause premature death.
What are the three types of Diabetes?
Diabetes has three main types; Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3.
Type One Diabetes:
This type of diabetes is an autoimmune condition which develops in early childhood and is not a result of lifestyle or environment. This type of diabetes like type two can be hereditary.
This means that if someone in your family suffers from the condition, then you, or your children will have an increased risk.
Type Three Diabetes:
Type 3 diabetes is often also referred to as “Gestational Diabetes” and is contracted as a result of insulin resistance during pregnancy. Any pregnant woman can develop gestational
diabetes however your risk factor is increased if you are overweight or obese, or have a history of diabetes in the family.
This type of diabetes often subsides once you have given birth, however some people do continue to suffer postpartum.
Type Two Diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes, unlike the first type is not something which sufferers are born with. This type of diabetes is in-fact developed as a result of environmental influences such as alcohol consumption, or weight.
Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem all over the world! There are 4.7 Million UK residents who suffer from diabetes, and 95% of those sufferers are fighting Type 2 diabetes!
As previously mentioned, one of the key risk factors of developing Type 2 diabetes is excessive weight and poor diet. With it often being developed by an individual as a result of being clinically obese. This means having a BMI of over 30, or a waist circumference which is greater than, 40 inches (men) and 35 inches (women).
Most people who are clinically obese are so due to over-indulgence, something which can be prevented, or stopped. This therefore makes the fact that 95% of diabetics having type 2 a scary statistic, as this means 95% of cases could have been prevented with simple lifestyle changes!
But there is good news amongst all of this… this type of diabetes can be reversed.
Sometimes diabetes can be cured by lifestyle changes. However, this can be a lengthy, stressful process which can leave lasting damage.
Therefore it is recommended that those whose BMI is over 30 or their waistline exceeds the guidelines stated that they should make these changes now. Before they develop this life-changing condition!
Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is something that Sunshine Gym strongly believe in. By getting regular exercise you can help to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing later in life. Hence removing the risk of it causing long term complications.
Sunshine Gym’s outdoor fitness equipment, such as the Double Health Walker, is not only expertly designed to enable you to lose weight both safely and efficiently, it also enables you to have fun whilst doing it. Therefore making you more likely to stay motivated and carry on with this healthy lifestyle.
Even after hitting your weight loss goals.
Though increased activity is not the only way to efficiently lose weight it is a great place to start! Regular exercise not only improves your energy levels, but it is also proven to help improve mood too. This means that not only can you reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes but you will also be well on your way to becoming a happier healthier version of yourself.
The NHS recommends that a healthy weight loss goal is 1-2lbs a week, and in order to achieve this goal you need to engage in regular exercise whilst eating a healthy and balanced diet.
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