Dying to Eat

DTE SliceType 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease that develops when the insulin-producing cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly. This results in the body’s cells failing to absorb glucose. The glucose levels build up in the blood stream to the point that it causes severe damage to the nervous system, kidneys, retinas and brain. With a healthy diet that monitors the amount of sugar and sugar based products (such as fructose) the disease is almost completely avoidable.

In July 2015 it was estimated that there are almost 3.9 million sufferers of the disease in the United Kingdom and that, on average, a new diagnosis of diabetes is made every two minutes. The number of people suffering from diabetes has risen from 1.4 million in 1995. It is estimated that by 2025 over 5 million inhabitants of the country will be diabetic. Worldwide there are believed to be 387 million diabetics with the figured estimated to rise to 592 million by 2035 (Diabetes UK annual report 2015).

This photographic series, Dying to Eat, looks at the root cause of this epidemic – sugar – and highlights the many complications that sufferers of the disease may suffer.