Monday, July 9, 2012

Family lifestyle changes to fight diabetes

I got this list off on a leaflet after taking a free diabetes test, luckily my blood sugar is ok, but was advice that following these lifestyle change in prevention or to help fight against diabetes.

1. Make sure you have three regular meals a day to help control blood glucose levels.
2. Eat carbohydrates with a low Glycaemic Index (GI), such as porridge, oats, beans, lentils and pasta (made from durum wheat).
3. Flavour foods with herbs and spices to help reduce your daily salt intake to less than 6g.
4. Choose diet or a no added sugar drink and squashes to help limit your intake of sugar.
5. Get your children to make their own healthy eating cookbooks for the family. You can usually get some of this stuff from the government’s health website or some organization campaign to fight diabetes.
6. When it is a lovely day, instead of meeting friends for a coffee, why not suggest going for a walk?
7. Get off two bus stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.
8. Join in with the kids’ activity. Kicking a ball around the park or just running around would also help.
9. Dance with the kids’ TV ads or while they are playing with the Wii.
10. Walk to the local shops and carry your shopping bag back instead of taking the car.

Now it might also help to know the symptoms or the signs of diabetes, so I am posting it as well with this blog post. I was told that once you or anybody you know has any of these symptoms below, call a doctor!

• Extreme thirst
• Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
• Tiredness and fatigue
• Unexplained weight loss
• Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
• Slow healing of cuts and wounds
• Blurred vision

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