World Health Day and Diabetes

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Today is World Health Day and the emphasis is very much on Diabetes Awareness.

Diabetes awareness is vital its prevention

A recent client of ours broke her back in a nasty fall; when lowering herself from a bunk bed she fell from an unrestrained ladder. Since the accident and her following inability to exercise she has developed Type 2 diabetes.

If you are female and have a waist size of 35 inches or more, if you suffer with high blood pressure, or if you have a BMI of 25 or more, then you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

1 in 16 People in the UK Will Get or Already Have Type 2 Diabetes

It is not known whether anyone in our clients' situation would have been at risk before the accident (due to body weight) – but certainly the inability to exercise will lead to weight gain, increased blood pressure and probably contribute to the onset of the diabetes.

Diet is also very important, if you are unable to work for 2 years post-accident, the consequent lack of money may result in you not eating the best diet – which can also contribute.

Type 2 Diabetes in Sport

Diabetes can take a serious toll of on a person's health, leading to far greater issues including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and kidney disease if not managed properly. But despite these risks, some people continue to succeed against all odds.

Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, yet despite this he went on to win his final gold medal. Gary Blakie, a triathlete, also has Type 1 Diabetes and has managed his condition carefully so that he is still able to train and exercise twice daily.

Stay healthy on World Health Day, or use this as a catalyst to kick-start a lifestyle change.


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