It might be Easter but beware of too much of the sweet stuff

Published: 24 March, 2016 | Service: Health and Wellbeing Collaboratives
It might be Easter but beware of too much of the sweet stuff

Type 2 diabetes has been in the news again this week.  The first 7 waves of the new National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) are due to commence later this year.  The NDPP aims to slow down the rise in type 2 diabetes, in a bid to help prevent the many complications that can be associated with diabetes.   The programme is aimed at people who are at risk of developing the condition and will help to reduce the £8.8billion that the NHS spends each year on type 2 diabetes. 

It is well know that increased weight and waist size are risk factors in the development of type 2 diabetes (different to Type 1 – which is not linked to these factors).  Trying to lose a few pounds and by being more active really can have an impact on preventing this condition. 

However, with Easter upon us, cutting back on sweet stuff might not be on your mind, here are a few facts, just for fun!

  • Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold annually in the UK.
  • Easter chocolate sales make up 10 per cent of Britain's annual spending on chocolate
  • When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail!
  • The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is Cadbury’s Cream Egg. Workers at Cadbury in Birmingham produce 1.5 million of these every day.
  • Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
  • In medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in church, when the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys. It was then tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and could keep it.

Tools for cutting down

So maybe this weekend we can enjoy a bit of chocolate but these websites might be worth a look at if you are thinking about making some changes……

Let’s do this https://lets-dothis.org.uk/ where you can use the online tools and set yourself goals.

One You https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou where you can take a quiz and get tips and advice about healthier living.  You can also follow a Coach to 5k Programme, and even pick your trainer!

Change for life sugar smart app http://www.nhs.uk/tools/documents/app_download_panels/sugar/index.html This allows you to zap barcodes and get a reading to tell you how many cubes of sugar is in the item.

New Eatwell Guide https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/508434/Eatwell-16MAR2016England.pdf  A newly overhauled version of the Eatwell plate, this gives advice about portioning your plate.

Monthly Pre-diabetes sessions

If you are worried you might be at risk of type 2 diabetes and want to some more local help, The Pre-diabetes Collaborative are offering monthly information/education sessions and activity sessions.  The sessions are led by a nurse and consist of a rolling programme of 6 different topics and provide practical information to help prevent type 2 diabetes.  For more information please email the pre-diabetes collaborative office on cpg@collaboratives.nhs.net

 

 

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Written by: Julie Hawkins

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