What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common condition where the levels of glucose (sugar) are able to build up in your bloodstream. This happens because the pancreas, which produces insulin that is needed to move the glucose from your blood into your cells for energy, either isn’t producing enough insulin or the cells in your body aren’t responding to insulin as they’re supposed and are becoming insulin resistant.

If you know you have type 2 diabetes then you will have already been diagnosed by a doctor or medical health professional and will be under their care and treatment. You may be on medication or you may have been told you can try controlling it through diet.  Whichever it is there are often ways you can support yourself with dietary and lifestyle changes.

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Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Many people are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes as people feel the symptoms they actually have are normal. So if you have any of the below symptoms or are worried about being at risk of getting type 2 diabetes then you should see your doctor or health professional.

Symptoms as listed by the NHS include:

  • weeing more than usual and especially at night
  • feeling thirsty all the time
  • feeling very tired
  • losing weight without trying
  • itching around your genitals or recurrent thrush
  • cuts or wounds take longer to heal
  • blurred vision
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Nutritional Support for Type 2 Diabetes

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If you are on medication then any changes to your diet will need to be discussed with your doctor, diabetic nurse or health professional as changes may effect the levels you need.

Any nutritional plans I provide for clients are always personalised, however, there are some general ways in which the food you eat can help or hinder the control of your blood sugar levels, insulin response and type 2 diabetes.

Some of the worst foods to eat alongside  type 2 diabetes are:

  • Added Sugars (e.g. cakes, chocolate, fizzy drinks)
  • Refined Carbohydrates (e.g. white bread or pasta)
  • Vegetable Oils and Highly Saturated Fats

This isn’t to say you can’t ever eat these foods, but they should be limited and balanced out with healthier foods.

Foods you should be increasing in your diet to support blood sugar include:

  • Proteins
  • Healthy Fats
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Vegetables 

These foods will increase the amount of fibre in your diet, prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and help keep you feeling fuller for longer to reduce cravings.

However, everyone’s individual needs will be different, and so if you want to get a specific tailored plan just for you then get in touch to learn more about individual consultations.

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