Diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. It can also cause nerve damage, vision loss and other health problems.
World Diabetes Day is an international event that aims to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes. It’s a day when people with diabetes and their families, friends and colleagues can come together to celebrate the many achievements of people living with the condition.
World Diabetes Day is also an opportunity for us all to reflect on the impact of diabetes on our lives, on our communities, and on society as a whole.
Type 2 diabetes is preventable
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. But many people don’t know they have diabetes until they start developing symptoms or complications. That’s why early detection is so important – it gives you more options for managing your health and preventing complications from developing later on down the line.
Here are five things you can do now to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes:
1. Be active every day for at least 30 minutes.
2. Eat healthily – choose wholegrain foods over white bread and pasta, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, avoid sugar-rich fizzy drinks and sweets, limit your fat intake by choosing lean meats, low-fat dairy products and avoiding deep-fried food. This will keep your weight under control and improve your overall health, which helps lower your risk of developing many other diseases too (including heart disease).
3. Reduce stress by taking regular breaks from work or other activities
4. Avoid sugary drinks. Sugary drinks contain large amounts of sugar, which can raise blood glucose levels if consumed in large quantities over time. Limit yourself to one small drink per day; otherwise stick with water.
5. Get tested for prediabetes (high blood sugar levels) at least once if you’re overweight or obese – especially if you have other risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol.