World Diabetes Day

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.

Two Types of Diabetes

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. If insulin levels are too high, they 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.

World Diabetes Day

One of the main aims of World Diabetes Day is to promote the healthy behaviours. This 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 Services come in.

Our Nutrition experts can provide workshops, talks, one to ones, tasting tables and live demos on a wide range of nutrition and healthy eating topics. We can be flexible on group sizes and timings depending on your event and provide resources such as leaflets and recipe cards for people to take away.

Our experts can provide 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,contact us and see how we can help.

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!

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