Type 2 diabetes – what's going on in your body?
Understanding the connection between insulin, blood sugar and maintaining normal levels is important for controlling type 2 diabetes.
Health doesn't exist in a vacuum. This might sound obvious, but it's worth reflecting that health comes alongside everything else in your life. You’re constantly juggling many responsibilities from one moment to the next, striving to find the right balance between work, family, social commitments and everyday routines. Living with type 2 diabetes is another thing to juggle, but it shouldn’t get in the way of living your life.
With type 2 diabetes, your body may not respond effectively to a naturally occurring hormone called Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 increases insulin levels when it's needed, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. GLP-1 can also reduce food consumption, body weight and increase satiety. Researchers are also looking into the role of GLP-1 in the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart disease and stroke.
It can be hard for someone with type 2 diabetes to be in tune with their body when it doesn’t respond as well as it should to GLP-1. But, what if your body worked in partnership with you, leaving you more free to focus on other things in life rather than type 2 diabetes?
When your body works in partnership, managing type 2 diabetes can become one less thing to juggle. Whether you are living with type 2 diabetes or care for someone who is – speak to your doctor about treatment options.