Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible Nhs

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We Need To Start Viewing Type 2 Diabetes As A Lifestyle Issue

Once patients are on the medical merry-go-round, there’s virtually no way off. Diabetes has got us in a quandary. Numbers of diabetics have more than doubled over the past two decades, with an estimated 3.5 million people currently diagnosed in the UK. Ten per cent of the entire NHS budget is spent treating it – there’s been an explosion of new, expensive pharmaceutical products capable of lowering blood sugar. And the medical profession is slowly waking up to the realisation that we are a large part of the problem. Diabetes comes in two types. Type 1 typically presents in childhood, when an aberrant immune system destroys the pancreas’s ability to make insulin. Type 1 diabetics need insulin therapy for life, and they’re a tiny minority of all diabetic patients. For the purposes of this column, forget about them. Type 2 diabetes is very different. It usually presents in mid- to late life, mostly as a consequence of obesity. In the early stages, the pancreas continues to make insulin, but the excess fat tissue in the body blunts its effect – so-called insulin resistance. Sugar levels rise, driving the pancreas to produce ever more insulin in a vain attempt to keep them u Continue reading >>

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  1. 94707

    hemochromatosis-feeling drunk/drugged?

    Hi everyone,
    I'm a 23 year old female. I was diagnosed with hemochromatosis at the beginning of December 2013, de-ironed by beginning of January 2014. Even though I have been de-ironed, I have still been experiencing a symptom I can only describe as feeling drunk or drugged at times. It's always worse during times of physiologic stress (ie if I'm tired, haven't eaten in many hours, if I have a cold, etc). I'm starting to think it might be adrenal-related. I'm also super exhausted and have a lot of muscle weakness at times. I'm pretty scared and feel like this feeling is never going to go away. I had never felt this way until I was very sick (pre-diagnosis). Does this sounds familiar to anyone? Please let me know. Would love some reassurance that this will get better. If it won't, honestly, please don't reply, it's just going to make me feel worse.
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  2. megan36105

    Hey there,
    You're the only person I've ever known who was diagnosed close to the same time that I was. I was about 21 at the time and I'm 24 now.
    In terms of you feeling drunk/drugged, I'm not positive what you mean by that. For me, what I feel is like, maybe I never fully wake up during the day, like I have some kind of sleep wall that's blocking me in my head and I feel what I can only describe as fuzzy. It plays on my anxiety as well and when I feel like this I struggle throughout the day, trying to calm myself down. When this happens though, I'll find that it's a bit harder to concentrate and the light also bothers me. There have been times where I've been at work and I run into things because I'm so foggy/fuzzy. Does that sound anything like how you're feeling?
    Because if so, that's normal. You've only been having your blood let for about a month so don't freak out that you haven't noticed a significant difference in the way that you're feeling. Depending on how high your iron levels are, it can be quite a slow process. It's only been in the last... year almost, that my levels have been blow enough to have phlebotomies only twice or three times a year. It won't be "cured" overnight. You have to remember that the main symptom of iron overload is fatigue and fatigue in itself has a lot of symptoms.
    Even now I still have tired problems and it's incredibly frustrating and discouraging and I sometimes have days where I just want to cry because I'm so tired of feeling this way.
    In another thread I commented saying that I would post my results from my next doctor's appointment which is next month. I'm going to have her test me for basically anything that she can think of as to why I'm still tired/more tired than I was three years ago when I was first diagnosed.
    I'm sure there will be a lot more people on this board who will respond to your message. They're all extremely helpful so I hope that you find an answer that you're looking for
    Regardless of everything I've said, it definitely wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor to test you to make sure it's not adrenal related or even thyroid related. I'm sure that would make you feel better.
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  3. nickg90

    Hello, Megan my names Nick. And I was wondering if you are still experiencing those symptoms? And if so, did you ever find out what it was? Because your description is spot on to what I am experiencing.

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