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Treatment for type 2 diabetes is being revised with the advent of replacement hormones, such as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is a digestive hormone that is released during meals to give the person a sense of fullness, slows the absorption of food from the gut, and decreases liver release of glucose. This new form of diabetic treatment is encouraging with the incidence of type 2 diabetes increasing in recent times due to a rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Other methods of treatment include pancreatic cell transplant, the insulin producing cells will be transferred to a diabetic person to achieve a cure. The greatest risk with developing diabetes at a younger age, particularly with type 2 diabetes, is that it is completely avoidable with exercise and a normal weight, and the dire complications occur at an earlier age. That is the threat of kidney or heart failure can occur at 20 years of age. Many people do not realise that they are suffering from type 2 diabetes as they experience symptoms of fatigue, lethargy, extreme thirst, frequent urination, susceptibility to infections and vision changes over a prolonged period of time.

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About: Diabetes and risk reduction

Date: 28 June 2005

Source: Health Telegraph

Author: Christine Doyle


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