The programme we offer is for Type 2 Diabetes only. Type 1 Diabetes is something completely different and it creates a lot of confusion to have given them the same name. The only similarity is that they both affect blood sugar levels. Type 1 Diabetics can benefit in many ways from a programme at Hoogland, but the packages described below are focussed on sending Type 2 Diabetics into remission. If you are a Type 1 Diabetic please contact us by mail or phone to discuss different package options.

What is Diabetes?

To understand these diseases better, it is worth understanding the role of insulin. Insulin is made by the beta cells in the pancreas. It is a hormone that regulates metabolic processes, of which regulating blood sugar levels is the most well known. Insulin allows the muscle, liver and fat cells to absorbe glucose from the blood. The glucose serves as energy to the cells or it can be converted to fat to be used later. So insulin provides energy to cells, but also reduces high sugar levels in the blood by telling the cells to absorb blood sugar.

Glucagon is the hormone made by the alpha cells in the pancreas that does the opposite – when our blood sugar levels are too low, it will tell the body to release blood sugar from where it is stored so it can be used by cells that need it for energy. Other hormones that also release blood sugar include adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol (all stress-hormones) and growth hormone.