Don’t let diabetes stop you. So here is the boring, techinical stuff…
Diabetes is a lifelong condition which causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK. That’s more than one in 16 people in the UK who has diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but only effects 10% of diabetics. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin – the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. This is why it’s also sometimes called insulin-dependent diabetes. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can, over time, seriously damage the body’s organs. Insulin injection are used to control the blood sugar level, balancing the amount of carbohydrate and sugar consumed with the amount of insulin given.
Type 2 diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. Around 90% of adults with diabetes have type 2, and it tends to develop later in life than type 1. This is either controlled by taking tablets or by diet.
Anyway that is enough of that, now you all have a basic understanding of diabetes we can continue. Now im not a planner, I like to do things on the spur of the moment, but unfortunately travelling with diabetes takes a small bit of planning. Vist the Plan To Travel With Diabetes page to find out more. Obviously along the way i’ve run into some problems, please visit the Problems Encountered page to find out how i’ve overcome any issues.