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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease which affects the production of insulin in both women and men. Insulin is a hormone produced naturally within the pancreas and controls blood sugar levels by moving sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used as an immediate energy source. Without appropriate treatment, too much sugar in the blood can damage the nervous system, eyes, kidneys and other organs.

There are different types of diabetes, the most common forms are type 1 and type 2. The majority of people with diabetes have type 2, which commonly develops over the age of 40 years. Often it can be managed by maintaining a healthy lifestyle You can read more about the disease and associated symptoms on the NHS website.

Richmond Pharmacology takes an active role in researching type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We have collaborated with pharmaceutical and biotech companies for 20 years to run clinical trials with healthy volunteers and patients. You can read more about our studies on the Richmond Pharmacology website.

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