There are currently around 3.7 million diagnosed cases of diabetes across the country, with many at risk of developing some forms of the disease due to factors such as childhood obesity.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What is diabetes and how is it caused?
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates your blood sugar levels.
It does this by breaking down the glucose that’s in your blood so that it can be used for energy, explains the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
What are the different types of diabetes?
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
If someone is suffering from type 1 diabetes, then this means that their body isn’t producing any insulin at all and therefore has very serious implications for their health. While type 1 diabetes is commonly found in children, it can be diagnosed at any age.
When someone has type 2 diabetes, this means that their body is either unable to produce enough insulin, or the insulin that the pancreas is able to produce isn’t working sufficiently.
While genetics may also play a role in a person developing type 2 diabetes, it can also be caused by other factors such as whether or not they follow a healthy and active lifestyle.
Approximately 12.3 million people in the UK reportedly have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in future, due to factors such as obesity.