Type 2 Diabetics
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose is too high. There are two main types: Type 1 and Type 2, and there are also some rarer types of diabetes.
If you don't have diabetes, you create a hormone called insulin which helps to take the glucose out of the blood stream and into your cells. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you don't produce insulin at all. If you have Type 2, the insulin that you make either can't work effectively, or you can't make enough of it. In both cases, the glucose can't get into your cells and begins to build up in your blood stream, which can cause a lot of different problems and may lead to diabetes symptoms.
Living with Type 2 Diabetes
So, you may have been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic, or you may be prediabetic or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. One in 15 people in the UK have diabetes, and we know that you're changing your eating plans, getting more active, adjusting treatment plans and managing complications.
If you're newly-diagnosed, you might be starting to make changes to your lifestyle and trying to find your way. You're learning to read all of the food labels and getting to grips with your treatment plans. We know that you're trying to change lifelong habits, and we know that can be hard work. We also know it's totally worth it.
If you've been living with type 2 diabetes for a while, we know that managing your diabetes can be hard work. We know that you're mental health is important too because keeping your stress levels low can really help your diabetes management. We know that you're moving more and maybe losing some weight. We know you're planning your food, reading the labels, and choosing to eat the right things, even if that means cutting back on some of your favourite things. We also know that it's something you can't ever really forget about because if you lose control there is a risk of long term complications.
We also know that it's a conscious choice to do it right - to manage your diabetes rather than ignore it. To choose wellness. And we know that diabetes can be controlled - it can even be put into remission. We know that you can have more good days than bad, and that you can still live a full, rewarding amazing life alongside your diabetes.
And how do we know all of this? Our very own Jo was diagnosed as prediabetic and has close relatives with Type 2.
Is Low Carb for me?
If you treat your diabetes with insulin or any other medication that puts you at risk of hypos (low blood sugar levels), following a low-carb diet may increase this risk. You should always speak to your healthcare team before you make any changes to your eating plan to start a low carb regime so that they can help you adjust your medications to reduce your risk of hypos. Your team may also support you to check your blood sugar levels more often.
A low carb lifestyle or keto regime may not be for everyone, but those who have made the switch find that they experience weight loss, improved body composition, metabolic health benefits and increased mental clarity. Studies show that a low-carb diet can make it easier to lose weight and to control your blood sugar, among other benefits. For people with type 2 diabetes, this helps to reduce HbA1c and blood fats such as cholesterol. For people who don’t have diabetes, losing weight can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and a low-carb diet is one option to lose weight.
In 2019, the NHS launched their Low Carb Program app. Diabetes Care Practitioners and GPs can now prescribe a low carb eating regime on the NHS to help Type 2 diabetics or prediabetics to take better control of their condition, reinforcing the message that low carb eating can be a great option for Type 2 diabetics.
How can Seriously Low Carb help you?
We support our diabetic community with education, information, recipes and, most importantly, awesome low carb food designed to support you and your low carb regime.
Changing lifelong habits can be tough, and forming healthy new habits takes time. Easy switches that mean you and your whole family can keep eating the kind of food that you're used to can really help with that. That's why we make Seriously Low Carb Food - it's familiar, real food that is nutritious and packed full of things that are good for you, and it also fits your low carb lifestyle. We make it really easy for you to eat your favourite foods while maintaining your eating and nutrition plans.
As well as helping with your eating plans, Jo is a Triathlon coach and Diabetes UK ambassador who works with everyone from those starting out who just want to get a bit more active, right through to Marathon runners and endurance athletes who are balancing their training and diabetes control. You can read more of her advice on the blog.