There is estimated to be over 4 million people living with diabetes across the UK. An average of 1 in 16 people are diagnosed, so I thought id upload some information so people have the chance to learn about the disease.

A person is considered diabetic when their fasting blood sugar is above 125mg/dl

Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high. This type requires insulin injections to control blood sugar levels.  It’s an auto immune disease that destroys pancreatic cells. This results in little to no insulin production.  As a result blood sugar remains high and uncontrolled. Knowing how many carbs your consuming in one hit either from food or drink helps you manage your blood sugar levels by matching your insulin dose to the amount of carbs in your meals. Our Breakfast Shake contains 27g of carbohydrates per serving, so you will need to inject accordingly to this.

Type 2 diabetes is typically a lifestyle related disease. This is when the body becomes resistant to insulin.  People with this type have trouble using the insulin they produce or they do not produce it anymore.  This is the more common one of the two.  Glucose cannot be properly transported into cells and remains in circulation. Since the liver will be resistant to the insulin, it will continue to produce glucose pushing it into the blood and adding to the already high amount circulating glucose in the blood.  To manage this the body attempts to produce more insulin.  Then insulin resistant people will end up with both high levels of circulating glucose and insulin which can lead to many health problems.  Typically type two is a lifestyle related disease. There is nothing you cannot consume if you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but you’ll have to put a limit on how much of certain foods you do consume at once. My advice is to keep sugar, fat and salt to a minimum. Finally don’t skip meals, eat little and often.

Team ‘On The Go Nutrition’