It’s been reported this week that diabetes cases have risen 60% in the past decade (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33932930). That hardly comes as a surprise to me when I walk down the street and see the junk that people are constantly eating and drinking. There’s perception that diabetes only affects those that are overweight but that’s not true. If you eat a rubbish diet full of sugar then you’re at risk regardless of your size. Also, the scales don’t say exactly how much body fat you have either!
In order to solve the problem, there’s one simple solution:
Change the health message we give people. There’s talk that we need more education and you could be receiving health messages through the post. People don’t need that. You ask most people what to eat and they’ll tell you what is perceived to be a healthy diet i.e. low fat and high in carbohydrates. We need to change the message not tell people even more messages. The public are overwhelmed and bombarded with messages and none of them work because we’re telling people the wrong advice.
If you are already a type 2 diabetic the last thing you need is more carbohydrate to eat. The body is overwhelmed and has become insulin resistant so why would you feed it something that you’re actually intolerant to? That’s like me saying to a peanut allergy sufferer, keep eating peanuts and you’ll be fine. If I said that, someone would say I was negligent. We don’t need the amount of carbohydrate most people are consuming.
So if you want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, here are my top tips:
- Reduce the amount of carbohydrate you’re eating. get rid of the bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks and replace with real food.
- Cut out fizzy drinks (Diet and normal) as they both promote type 2 diabetes
- Get exercising regularly and being more active
- Lose body fat if appropriate
- Start cooking more meals from scratch and eating fewer foods in tins or packets. Anything with a label should be used sparingly
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