Diabetes UK Visit and Risk Assessments
We had a couple of visits recently from Mr Spencer Wimbleton who is a Cornwall based volunteer for Diabetes UK.
Spencer chatted to us about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, gave out information about the diseases and answered questions from our guys about causes, diets, symptoms and associated complications.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 is a serious lifelong disease where the body does not create any insulin which leads to high blood glucose level. Read more about it from Diabetes UK website here.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 is also a serious disease but differs from type 1 because the body either can’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does create can’t work properly. Again, you can read more about it on the Diabetes UK website here.
Type 2 Risk Assessment
Spencer’s talks were mainly centered around Type 2 because this is the disease that can be managed whereas Type 1 can’t be avoided and has to be treated.
He spoke to us about the importance of diet and exercise and also offered us individual risk assessments based on height, weight, BMI, blood pressure level, age, sex, ethnicity, family history and waist measurement. The outcomes varied for the guys and gave us food for thought.
If you’d like more information about diabetes please visit the Diabetes UK website.
In the meanwhile, here’s a really informative video you can watch about diabetes and its effects on the body.