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World Diabetes Day - November 14th 2015


World Diabetes Day is fast approaching on 14th November, and so it only seems right that we bring the subject to your attention. Diabetes is now a full-blown global epidemic, with complications and long-term effects to individuals, businesses and the UK economy.






We recently wrote a blog on the correlation between obesity and type 2 diabetes with some quite frankly, stunning and eye opening facts. Here’s a reminder of just a couple of them:

  • Currently, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK is estimated to be 3.2 million, which is calculated to rise to 5 million within the next decade.
  • An average of 6% of the UK population has diabetes, this equates to 1 in every 17 people having diabetes.
  • People with diabetes are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation, kidney disease and depression.
  • The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5 million an hour, or £25,000 every minute (10% of the NHS budget for England & Wales).
  • Annual UK cost of absenteeism due to diabetes is £8.4 billion.


As you have read, these facts and figures show that diabetes is one of the biggest health problems we face in the UK, yet there is often limited understanding as to how to get yourself out of the risk category for developing type 2 diabetes.

The huge rise in those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is down to a rapid increase in people’s weight, a decrease in exercise and an all too common diet consisting of ready prepared processed food.

The aim is to keep your blood sugar levels as normal and stable as possible. To achieve this, the advice we give is no different to those without diabetes. Eating a well rounded, healthy and balanced diet is vital: Eating real foods and ditching the processed junk.

Also, simply embarking on 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day will do wonders for your health in all aspects - even if this is simply a brisk walk during your lunch hour.

If you have any concerns regarding diabetes, you may want to visit your GP for further information.


To help energise, engage and motivate staff our Power Up & Motivate With Positive Nutrition Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives can be helpful. To find out more call Anna Mason on 07778 218009 for an obligation free conversation.

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