What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Here at Advanced Care Products Ltd we are very concerned about the number of people developing Type 2 diabetes and about those at risk of developing diabetes in the future, either because of their life style or because a close relative may have developed diabetes in their later life.

There is a great deal of information available about Type 2 diabetes  but to make it easier to view we have tried to break  it down into small chunks . Each heading deals with different aspects of the disease and we hope that you will find this web site simple and easy to use. If you have any comment s please do not hesitate to e-mail us. Links are on the Contact  page.

We have also assembled a small range of products in our shop which we feel would be of benefit. A much larger range of products can be seen on our main commercial site: www.advancedcareproducts.co.uk.

 

What is Type 2 diabetes

To answer this question  it is firstly important to explain what diabetes is:

Diabetes is totally related to the amount of the hormone insulin produced by the body. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and is central to the regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. It causes the cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to convert glucose from the blood into glycogen which is then stored in the liver and muscle.

When blood glucose levels fall below a certain level, the body begins to use stored sugar as an energy source by breaking down the stored glycogen into glucose, which can then be used as a source of energy. Insulin also tends to inhibit the use of fat as an energy source until all the glycogen has been used up.

Type 2 diabetes occurs either when there is insufficient insulin to cope with the amount of carbohydrate and fat entering the digestive system or the cells in the body have become 'insulin resistant'  'Insulin resistance ' means that the cells do not react properly to the normal amount of  insulin and a higher level is needed to keep blood glucose levels down to normal