According to Diabetes UK, diabetes is a condition where the body’s blood glucose level is too high. It can happen when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or when it is unable to produce any at all. Natasha Marsland, Senior Clinical Advisor, Diabetes UK, says “There are two main types – Type 1 and Type 2. People with Type 1 diabetes are unable to make any insulin at all. With Type 2 diabetes, it’s a bit different: the insulin that you make either doesn’t work effectively or you can’t produce enough of it.”
Common myths include people with diabetes cannot eat sugar. The charity advocates a healthy balanced diet low in fat, salt and sugar including a wide variety of foods including some with sugar.