When a person has type 2 diabetes their body is unable to respond effectively to insulin that is produced or the body simply isn't producing enough insulin to effectively monitor blood sugar levels effectively any more.
As already mentioned, it tends to be a lifestyle condition and tends to start affecting people with age, particularly if they aren't following a healthy diet and are not doing enough exercise. It has also been diagnosed in younger people, especially where obesity is a factor.
Genetics can also play a role in the development of the condition. Statistics have shown that you have a one in three chance of developing diabetes if one of your parents has it. It can also be the result of another medical condition, but this is fairly rare.
Opposed to type 1 diabetes, type 2 symptoms develop slower and less severely. A person may have this condition for years before it actually starts causing a problem, but symptoms to look out for include weight loss, fatigue, increased need to urinate, genital itching, itching of the feet and/or thirst.
If it is not managed, it can eventually lead to heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, skin conditions and erectile dysfunction in men, to name a few.
A person with this condition will always be advised to make changes to their diet, to ensure that it is healthier and to monitor sugar intake so that the body is able to process it effectively. You may also be advised to avoid drinking and to try and be more active.
In addition to these measures you may also be prescribed a treatment such as Metformin which falls under a group of medicines known as biguanides. These treatments reduce the amount of sugar absorbed from food and helps the body respond better to sugars that are consumed. Alternative treatments may include DPP-4 inhibitors, glitazones, prandial glucose regulators, sulphonylureas and alpha glucosidase inhibitors.
If you are already using a treatment for type 2 diabetes, you are eligible to get a repeat prescription and have your medication delivered to your door with the help of the services offered by 121doc. All orders are checked and approved by a doctor before treatments are shipped from our pharmacy for free next day delivery.
Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.
All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.