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Diabetes: what you need to know

June 6, 2013 - Medical Advice

dw2013-web-banner-380x112It’s Diabetes Week from 9 – 15 June. Since the condition affects more than 3 million people across the UK, it’s time to learn the facts.

The numbers: 

Symptoms:

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes myths

Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Lose weight
Shedding pounds will drastically reduce your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes. Eight in 10 people who have diabetes are overweight, so if you’re overweight or obese, it’s time to think about cutting back.

Change your diet
A diet that’s low in fat, salt and sugar, that contains a lot of fruit and veg will reduce your cholesterol levels, and thus your risk of diabetes. Eating a lot of processed meat is also though to increase your risk of diabetes by as much as 40%.

Stop smoking
We all know the link between smoking and cancer, but smoking is also linked to diabetes. This is because smoking increases blood pressure, which is known to be a major cause of diabetes.

For more information about diabetes, visit: http://www.diabetes.org.uk