Five things you should know about diabetes

January 21, 2014 - Medical Advice

diabetes 115751576Obese and overweight people have a higher chance of developing type II diabetes and many people go undiagnosed for years. Here, we look at some key facts you should know about diabetes.

Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDs combined. It affects almost 3 million people in the UK and it is thought that a further 850,000 people have undiagnosed diabetes.

While type I diabetes usually starts in childhood and has nothing to do with lifestyle, type II diabetes affects 85-95% of all diabetes sufferers, and is most commonly caused by obesity – which means it could be prevented by reducing your risk factors.

Here are a few need-to-know facts about the condition.

Many of our clients have told us that after losing weight with LighterLife, they’ve been able to stop taking their diabetes medication.

Research has also shown that following a formula based weight loss plan, was in the majority of cases, successful at putting type 2 diabetes suffers into remission.

This study, carried out by Newcastle University in 2011, is only a first step and because data was so promising, a new five-year study (called the DiRECT study) began in 2013 which will investigate the possibility of formula based weight loss plans being used to effectively help induce and maintain type 2 diabetes remission.

Ultimately, this would help more people live longer, with an improved quality of life, by following a VLCD or LCD such as LighterLife Lite or Total, without the need for surgery.

For information on how to lose weight safely and reduce your risk of diabetes, get in touch with your local LighterLife counsellor today.