It is estimated that Type 2 diabetes will affect just under 4 million people in the UK by 2025. Type 2 diabetes used to be an illness that only affected the elderly but it is becoming more prevalent in the young and cases have been seen in children as young as 7 years old.
Type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin, or a poor response to insulin, (insulin resistance). Insulin resistance is often a result of excess body weight, lack of physical activity and a poor diet. Many cases of type II diabetes go undiagnosed for a long time because the symptoms are not as clear as for type I diabetes.
The Patient QI treatment strategy for Type II diabetes is there to help you make choices about how you can deal with type II diabetes in a way that best suits you.
The following chart gives you information on many different treatments that have been shown to help reduce insulin resistance. We have also included other information where the effects look promising but are still in the early investigation stages. Diabetes can lead to associated problems with the eyes, nerves, blood vessels, heart and kidneys. Patient QI has included studies related to these problems when they are associated with diabetes.
Click on the boxes and this will take you to the detailed information for each treatment group, enabling you to decide which treatments might be good for you and it will help you to start planning your own personal strategy for coping with type II diabetes.