Heart and Diabetes
Having diabetes means that you are more likely to develop heart disease and have a greater chance of a heart attack or a stroke
Diabetes is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. All types of diabetes are complex and require daily management and care
Insulin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the pancreas. The main role of insulin is to allow cells throughout the body to uptake glucose (sugar) and convert it into a form that can be used for energy.
Occurs when the body cannot make insulin to convert food into energy. The cause of Type 1 diabetes is complex, it is an autoimmune attack on the cells which make insulin and therefore is not linked with age or weight
Occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin or when the body cannot use insulin effectively. Insulin Resistance is the cause of Type 2 diabetes and is associated with diet and lifestyle.
Develops during pregnancy when the body cannot make and use the insulin it needs for pregnancy
Before developing type 2 Diabetes, in most cases, people will have had prediabetes, with slightly higher than normal blood sugar levels for some time. If those with prediabetes act and modify their lifestyle they can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing