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Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes

Added Jun 2017

We are now in the middle of Diabetes Week 2017 which runs from 11-17 June. The theme for this year’s event is: “Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes.”

At buzz, we help to raise awareness of diabetes and offer support to individuals who want to reduce their risk of developing the condition.  

Diabetes is a disease which is often underestimated, misunderstood and not prioritised. However, without proper management, the long term consequences can be devastating. 

Working alongside nurses and GPs, buzz Wellbeing Advisors support pre-diabetic patients and patients with type 2 diabetes by helping them make positive lifestyle changes. 

90% of people who have diabetes have type 2. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which people are born with, type 2 develops later in life and is strongly linked to poor diet and physical inactivity.

There are currently 11.9m people in the UK who are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes. 

Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes is by:

1. Eating better (cutting down on fat, salt and sugar)

2. Moving more

3. Reducing your weight if you’re overweight

Although this advice is simple, breaking old habits can be difficult. Having some form of external support makes it easier to stay on track. 

buzz Wellbeing Advisor, Jane Parker, has a lot of experience in helping people at risk of diabetes make these lifestyle changes. She explains some of the advice she commonly gives to patients:

“It’s important not to get too hung up on weight loss initially. Focusing on making positive changes to your diet and activity level should be the priority. This can be done one step at a time. Once you have the right steps in place, weight loss will follow on naturally as a result.

“The large amount of sugar found in processed foods is contributing to the diabetes problem. Sugar is often “hidden” in foods we wouldn’t expect such as bread, breakfast bars and sauces. When buying processed food its best to look at the label first. If it contains more than 15g of sugar per 100g you should avoid eating it on a regular basis.

“In terms of exercise the best approach is to find something that you enjoy doing. As long as you are up and moving that’s all that matters. If walking or running isn’t your thing then there are countless other activities you can try out. For example, one of my patients lost weight after signing up to a local table tennis club which she attended two or three times a week.”

If you want to find your own risk level, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk

To refer yourself or someone else to our Wellbeing Advisors, visit our referral page on the buzz website. 

For more information on the Wellbeing Advisors please contact:

manchwadvisors@nhs.net or 0161 882 2590/0161 234 1767