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In Type 1 diabetes the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas so the body doesn’t make any insulin. For Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin (insulin resistance). Rarer types of diabetes include gestational diabetes in pregnancy.
Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term that covers both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect people of any age but tends to occur for the first time in childhood or young adult life. Ulcerative colitis, which can be very debilitating, affects around 120,000 people in the UK.
The complications associated with diabetes are well-known, and many of them are exacerbated by obesity. It is important that people with diabetes are aware of the likely complications so that early detection and treatment is possible.