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Fighting diabetes through education

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Fighting diabetes through education

13th February 2019
On 25th January 2019, we hosted a session focusing on diabetes and lung disease, as part of our wellbeing programme.

Nationally, 4.6million people (6% of the population) are estimated to be living with diabetes. The London Borough of Newham, where we are based, has the second highest rate of Type 2 diabetes in the whole of England, with over 26,500 residents currently diagnosed.

While Type 1 diabetes isn’t currently preventable, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making healthier choices, by helping people understand their own risk of developing the condition − and how to reduce it – and by securing early diagnosis for those known to be at high risk.

That’s why, we’re supporting residents to improve their wellbeing and lower their risk with simple lifestyle changes.

In partnership with the East London NHS Foundation Trust, the diabetes session aimed to help residents understand who and why people might be at risk of developing diabetes, how to live a healthier live to prevent or reduce it, as well as how to manage it should you already be diagnosed with the condition.

An important part of preventing or managing diabetes is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. The team discussed advice and tips on healthy eating, bloody sugar levels and particular foods that can increase your risk. Residents were also encouraged to be physically active, taking part in regular exercise. This could even be walking somewhere rather than taking the bus – it all makes a difference.

After the session, one resident shared, “I found the session really useful. I can now see how eating lots of sugar – which I often do – can affect me. I will definitely be making some changes.”

James Grech, who leads on physical wellbeing at Caritas Anchor House, said, “We are delighted to have worked with the East London NHS Foundation Trust on such an important topic. Those who attended now understand how making simple changes to their lifestyles can reduce their risk of diabetes. It’s also learning that staff can take on-board and share with residents day-to-day, to make healthier choices.”

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