Unfortunately, diabetes is an increasingly common condition. Diabetes is divided into “Type 1” and “Type 2”.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs because the body can not produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which is a hormone that controls the metabolism of sugar in the body’s cells.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs because the body’s cells become “insensitive” to insulin. “Type 2” diabetes is becoming increasingly frequent. “Type 2” diabetes is often accompanied by obesity and high blood pressure.
Types of diabetes and atrial fibrillation
Diabetes – regardless of type – strains the blood vessels in the body and can cause damage and impaired function of both eyes, kidneys, heart and brain. People with atrial fibrillation who also have diabetes are at greater risk for blood clot complications for their atrial fibrillation.
Diabetes is treated with a mixture of lifestyle changes for example weight loss – especially with “Type 2”, dietary changes and increased exercise and blood sugar regulating medication called insulin.