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(5) Overweight

Overweight

I have just been told that I have diabetes. Is it true that if I lose weight I will probably not need insulin injections?

Possibly not, if you were overweight at the time of diagnosis, but as with many questions we have to qualify this by saying that it all depends on a number of factors.

Most of the people in the UK and other European countries who have diabetes do not need insulin, especially those who are over 40 years old at the time of diagnosis and who are overweight.

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(6) Diabetes

Exercise

I’ve heard that exercise is good for people with diabetes – is this true? If so, I’m not the ‘sporty type’ and have never found going to the gym has any appeal to me. What should I do?

Exercise is good for people with diabetes (and for everyone else as well), and indeed it is one of the few things that have been shown to actually reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

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(7) Diabetes

Tablets

I understand that there are different sorts of ‘diabetic’ tablets. Can you tell me what they are and what the difference is between them?

There are five different types of tablets that may be prescribed for people with diabetes. They work in different ways.

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(8) Diabetes

Non-medical treatments

Recently I saw a physical training expert demonstrating a technique of achieving complete relaxation. She concluded by saying ‘Of course, this is not suitable for everyone, for example people with diabetes’. Is this true and, if so, why?

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(9) Diabetes

Treatment with insulin

Insulin was discovered by Frederick Banting and Charles Best in the summer of 1921. The work was carried out in the Physiology Department of Toronto University while most of the staff was on their holidays. The first human to be given insulin was a 14- year-old boy named Leonard Thompson who was dying of diabetes in Toronto General Hospital.

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