Dutch diabetics battle with weight gain

7th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch people suffering from type-2 diabetes struggle to keep their weight under control, reveals survey.

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch people suffering from type-2 diabetes have more problems keeping their weight under control than injecting themselves with insulin, reveals a survey conducted by a pharmaceutical company. 

The research was carried out among 500 Dutch people suffering from type-2 diabetes who said it was a daily and difficult struggle from them to try to keep their weight down despite it being crucial to their health.

The research concluded that the weight problem is brought on by insulin which encourages weight gain and diabetics’ tendency to eat more in an attempt to onset a 'hypo' (an attack of hypoglycaemia caused by a low blood-sugar level).

Type-2 diabetes, formerly known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, is the number one public health ailment in the Netherlands. Some 800,000 people are known to suffer from this form of the disease.

Type-1 diabetes affects around 100,000 Dutch people. Both forms can lead to serious physical problems and may result in – early death.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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