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Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Loss and Lifestyle

With type 2 diabetes on such a high increase and all the complications that can arise with it, the good news is that it has now been recognised that type 2 diabetes can be reversed or put into remission with weight loss, the correct diet and exercise.

According to Diabetes UK, “The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK. The new figures show that there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diagnosis of the condition in the UK, an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.”

Time after time we see the positive impact that the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme has by helping those with type 2 diabetes:

  • Being more in control of their diabetes.
  • Reversing their diabetes.
  • Putting their diabetes into remission.

We are frequently hearing from clients who have type 1 diabetes (not curable by diet or weight loss) that they are able to manage their type 1 diabetes better.

Here are some typical client testimonials from over the years who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and benefitted from the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme.

“I am so delighted having just been to my doctor's and received my test results. I no longer have type 2 diabetes and can come off my medication for this! I feel so well and it is all down to following your programme and the wonderful support I have had. I could not have done it without you. I am so glad I saw your advertisement, I have tried every diet under the sun.” Stephanie from Edinburgh

“I am a type 1 diabetic. Having been on the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme for 3 months now, my doctor and I are so impressed that I have been able to reduce my medication. Your programme is so educational, structured and easy to follow. I look forward so much to our weekly consultations.” Liz from Sevenoaks

“I was shocked when I was told by my doctor that I was pre-diabetic. He told me that I had 3 months to get out of the pre-diabetic range before he put on to medication. This was a real wake up call. I was recommended by a friend to you and was so pleased that I was.

I went back to my doctor after the 3 months and I was over the moon that due to following programme I was no long pre-diabetic.” Andrew from Yorkshire

What is diabetes?

When blood sugar levels in the body (glucose levels) are too high, the body cannot regulate these levels, a condition known as diabetes can develop.

There are four kinds of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes

All of the above types of diabetes come about through the body’s inability to regulate the body’s high blood sugar levels. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the major types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes most often becomes apparent in childhood and is not related to diet or obesity. It can come about in just days or weeks. Type 1 caused by a deficiency of a certain hormone which controls blood sugar levels and is not diet-related.

In type 1 diabetes, blood sugar levels (glucose) go very high and stay high. The body is not able to lower these high blood sugar levels by itself. Type 1 is controlled by specific hormone injections. Unfortunately, it is not possible to prevent type 1 diabetes due to the problem caused by the immune system.

With type 1diabetes, glucose can still be obtained from the food but it is unable to be transported and is therefore not used by the cells. This results in dangerously elevated sugar levels, resulting in complications.

Pre-diabetes:

The condition of pre-diabetes occurs when the blood sugar levels are higher than the normal range but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. When diagnosed with pre-diabetes, this is the time to take action to do everything possible to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The following can affect your body’s ability to manage high blood sugar levels and are also factors that can increase the risk of pre-diabetes which can lead onto Type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight puts you at high risk in terms of the body being able to control high blood sugar levels.
  • Women should aim not to have a waist larger than 35 inches and for men, 40 inches.
  • A good healthy diet would include fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and good fats. The less processed foods with a minimum amount of sugar the better.
  • Regular exercise is important such as walking or cycling.
  • If you have type 2 diabetes running in the family, you could be at greater risk. So prevention for pre-diabetes/diabetes is always wise.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome can increases women's risk of prediabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most widely occurring type of diabetes. It is estimated that in the UK, approximately 90% of all adults have type 2 diabetes, those over 40 are more at risk. Those who have type 2 diabetes can have a family history of this and it is also connected to having excess weight and inactivity.

In type 2 diabetes, blood sugar levels are too high. The body has difficulty in regulating these high levels of sugar due to problems caused by the blood sugar-regulating hormone in the body.

Blood sugar levels respond to the food and drink consumed. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, too much sugar and refined carbohydrates will spike the blood sugar levels. Protein and good carbohydrates help to regulate blood sugar levels do not have such a dramatic rise-and-fall action on the blood sugar levels.

  • Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
  • Increase in weight.
  • Feeling very thirsty.
  • Drinking more fluids.
  • Going to the toilet a lot (the word ‘diabetes’ actually means ‘passing a lot of urine’).
  • Being tired when you shouldn’t be.
  • Slow healing for wounds.
  • Blurred vision, eye problems.
  • Nerve problems.
  • Wounds that don’t heal.
  • Heart problems.
  • Kidney problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Diabetes in pregnancy

Diabetes that arises during pregnancy is called gestational pregnancy where high blood sugar levels are brought about by hormonal changes during pregnancy and the body is not able to produce the correct hormone to cope with the high blood sugar levels. Women who put on too much weight prior or during their pregnancy, can be at risk of developing gestational diabetes. A blood sugar test done between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy can detect this.

After pregnancy, it is common for blood sugar levels to return to normal but puts them at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future.

*Any photos or testimonials seen on this website are people's personal experiences and should not be taken as specific claims for the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme. Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.