Monday 11 June to Sunday 17 June 2018 is Diabetes Awarness Week led by Diabetes UK https://www.diabetes.org.uk
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet and monitoring your blood glucose level.
Arun Wellbeing have 5 top tips for preventing and managing Type 2 diabetes.
The body needs a regular supply of fuel, if you skip meals it sends your blood sugar and energy levels plummeting leaving you tired, hungry and tempted by sugary snacks to re-energise.
Physical activity is very important for managing sugar levels in diabetes. The NHS physical activity guidelines are to aim for 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity – such as cycling or fast walking – a week, which can be taken in sessions of 10 minutes or more, and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups – the legs, hips, back, tummy (abdomen), chest, shoulders and arms. An alternative recommendation is to do a minimum of 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running or a game of tennis every week, and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups – the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.
In cases where the above activity levels are unrealistic, even small increases in physical activity will be beneficial to your health and act as a basis for future improvements. Reduce the amount of time spent watching television or sitting in front of a computer. Going for a daily walk – for example, during your lunch break – is a good way of introducing regular physical activity into your schedule.
Some snacks and meals can be laden with hidden sugars, even the savoury ones! Always check food labels and ingredients lists for sugars, and if using the traffic light system avoid ‘red’ foods as much as possible!
Some fats are good – providing energy and helping the body to absorb vitamins. There are good fats and bad fats. Top up on good fats from oily fish, avocados or unsalted nuts. Bad fats on the other hand should be avoided, especially saturated fats and trans fats (found in many biscuits and cakes and other baked goods with a long shelf life.)
Too much salt is associated with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of diabetes complications. Adults should have no more than 1 teaspoon (6g) of salt per day, while children have even lower targets. Most of the salt we eat comes from processed foods so cut back on these and try to cook from scratch, flavouring your food with herbs and spices instead. It is always a good idea to read labels and choose lower salt options whenever possible.
If you would like more information or to book a one-one with a Wellbeing Advisor fill in our self-refferal contact form found HERE
Links to useful websites…
Diabetes UK - www.diabetes.org.uk/
NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/pages/diabetes.aspx
Arun Wellbeing are running FREE Pre-Diabetes Courses
Have you been diagnosed as being Pre-Diabetic?
(PLEASE NOTE YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE WILL HAVE TO DIAGNOSE YOU AS BEING A PRE-DIABETIC) Contact us to attend one of our Pre-diabetes courses, which help to prevent you from developing Type 2 Diabetes. The three hour course will cover;
Please contact us for details on 01903 737862 or complete our self-referral form found HERE