There are over 75,000 people living with diabetes in Lancashire and health professionals in the area are encouraging residents to enjoy a nutritious breakfast to start the day in the healthiest way.
The Diabetes Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is raising awareness about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong health condition that affects over 3 million people in the UK. The team follow the 'Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed" programme, otherwise known as 'DESMOND" which provides people living with diabetes with advice and information about the condition.
Christine Elwell, Diabetes Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed yet the amount of people in the country living with it is set to rise. There are around 316 million people currently at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes which is why the main focus at the moment is to encourage people to lead a healthier lifestyle. It"s important to recognise the main symptoms and to look out for these which include feeling very thirsty, feeling unusually tired, unexpected weight loss and cuts and wounds that heel slowly.
"Having a healthy breakfast by making small changes such as having low sugar high fibre cereals, wholemeal toast instead of white bread and cutting out the fry-ups can not only reduce the onset of Type 2 diabetes but will help to manage all types of diabetes."
The International Diabetes Federation has provided some top tips to ensure a healthy start to the day:
- Choosing water or unsweetened coffee or tea instead of fruit juice and other sugar sweetened beverages
- Eating at least three servings of vegetables every day
- Eating up to three servings of fresh fruit every day
- Limiting your alcohol intake to a maximum of two standard drinks per day
You can find out more about the services the Trust offers by visiting our Diabetes services, or you can contact the Central Lancashire team on 01772 777620.
You can find out more about diabetes at www.diabetes.org.uk. The website offers support, information and advice on managing your diabetes.