Alongside Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday and Thanksgiving in the United States, November 2013 will see the 22nd Annual World Diabetes Day. On November 14, people all over the world will be raising awareness and support for a condition which is currently affecting up to 4 million people here in the United Kingdom.
Activities are being held worldwide, to both educate and raise money for the condition. From a charity walk across the city of Auckland in New Zealand, to a host of talks and workshops at the Free National University in Mexico City, there are a range of activities to attend – wherever in the world you are, and whichever way you prefer to learn.
There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 typically emerges during the teenage years, where the pancreas fails to produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone which regulates blood glucose levels, as too high levels can damage the internal organs. Type 1 diabetics are required to take insulin injections for their entire life.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common, affecting 90% of adult diabetics. This is where the pancreas produces only a small amount of insulin, or the body’s cells fail to respond to the hormone. If caught early enough, type 2 diabetes can be controlled through good diet and regular exercise. However, in some cases further insulin injection are still required.
One of the major aims of World Diabetes Day is to promote the healthy behaviours which will not only help diabetes sufferers to improve their quality of health, but also prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Generally these include getting regular exercise every week, and eating a balanced diet without too much sugar.
It can sometimes be difficult to discover foods and recipes which contribute to a healthy and balanced diet, without being reduced to boring or plain tasting foods. This is where Onsite Massage Co’s Nutrition for Life workshop comes in. The workshop explains the importance of the three main macronutrients – proteins, fats and carbohydrates. On Site Massage Co will explain the best sources of these nutrients, and the job which each one will do.
By attending the Nutrition for Life workshop you’ll be provided with handouts and sample menus, each of which offers a great tasting way to stay healthy. You’ll be reducing your risk of diabetes, and could find yourself happier and more energetic. With free samples and an interactive forum, you’ll also be able to develop your own healthy and tasty dishes, based on your own tastes and ideas from others. On top of this, discussions on supplements and organic/non-organic foods will further inform your dietary choices.
Whether you’re a suffering diabetic, someone who’s worried about the condition, or you just want some advice on how to cook tasty but healthy food, why not visit one of On Site Massage Co’s Nutrition for Life workshops? With World Diabetes Day less than two weeks away, there’s never been a better time to re-evaluate your diet and make some changes for the better.