Diabetes week takes place from the 12th -18th June 2016. The theme for this year is “Setting the record straight”. Diabetes UK (Diabetes.org.uk) are using this theme to try and dispel many of the myths and misconceptions about diabetes that people have.
A couple of common misconceptions are;
“People with diabetes should eat ‘diabetic’ foods”. These foods usually contain sweeteners that can give you diarrhoea and are also high in saturated fats and calories, and can still have an effect on glucose levels. They also tend to be expensive so if you are going to have a treat, the real thing might be better!
“People with diabetes can’t eat grapes or bananas”. Even though they contain natural sugars fruit is also high in fibre, low in fat and full of vitamins and minerals. Grapes and bananas make a healthy snack choice. Fruit can also help protect against heart disease and cancer.
“Type 2 diabetes is a mild form of diabetes”. All diabetes is serious, and if not well controlled can lead to serious complications. There is no such thing as mild diabetes.
“People with diabetes cannot have sugar”. People with diabetes should follow a healthy diet, just like people without diabetes, one that is low in fat, salt and sugar.
Diabetes UK have lots more of these myths that you can look at on their website.
The Pre-Diabetes Team (as part of the Care Plus’ Health and Wellbeing Collaborative) are raising awareness of Diabetes in the local community. In particular we are carrying out risk assessments to identify a person’s personal risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in the future. We have been in to various workplace environments and shops and markets and last year carried out over 800 risk assessments. Every 2 minutes someone learns they have Type 2 Diabetes, so we want to try and prevent this by helping people understand their risk and how to take steps to reduce this.
The Pre-Diabetes Team will be in the Val Waterhouse Centre on Thursday 16th June 2016, from 10am-2pm to continue our awareness raising and to carry out risk assessments. Please come along and see us and find out what your risk is.
Factors that increase you risk of Type 2 Diabetes include;
Being over 40!
Having high blood pressure or being on medication to treat this.
Being overweight, particularly around the middle.
Having type 2 diabetes in your immediate family.
Being of south Asian or African-Caribbean descent.
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