You may already know that diabetes is a growing health problem in the UK. But do you realise how serious it can be? According to a survey by leading health charity Diabetes UK, few people are aware of how life-changing the condition can be.
A report published by NHS Digital shows the number of prescriptions for medicines used to treat diabetes has increased from almost 29 million a year in 2006/2007 to 52 million a year in 2016/2017.
This Diabetes Week (June 11 - 17, 2017), Diabetes UK is promoting its ‘Food you love’ healthy eating campaign. However a survey commissioned by the charity suggests many people aren’t eating the recommended amount of fruit and veg.
Doing resistance exercises – which use body weight to strengthen muscles – may help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their risk of complications, say scientists from the University of British Columbia.
If you’re inspired to get more active by this summer’s sporting events – which are about to start in Rio – there’s another good reason to go for a run or a brisk walk during your lunchtime.
Around 4,500 people will have been diagnosed with diabetes during Diabetes Week in 2016, claims Diabetes UK. Highlighting the scale of the diabetes epidemic, the charity points out that almost a quarter of a million people were diagnosed with diabetes within the last year.