“Type 2 Diabetes is a National Emergency…”

…says Diabetes UK this morning.  According to their own new research, more than 700 people a day are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK: actually 738. Type 2 diabetes now accounts for 96 per cent of new cases of diabetes (30 people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every day).

That’s a whopping 280,000 people a year diagnosed with diabetes, the equivalent of the population of Newcastle. This is much higher than previously thought and Diabetes UK say this poses serious implications for the nation’s health.

With 3.8 million people in the UK now having the condition and with around 35 per cent of the population – more than 18 million people – with pre-diabetes, the charity is calling for more focus on prevention.

Agreed!

Hands with red frame reaches out from heap of papersBut how? Can it be as simple as missing TV for one day per. week, as recommended by NICE this week? Well perhaps not! And it’s probably not as simple as simply telling people what to eat and what not to eat – but to educate people in WHY.  Why certain foods help and why certain foods harm.  Why what is right for one person is not the same as for the next.

One of my clients was astounded this week when we talked about body composition – WHY most diets cause the body to lose large amounts of lean tissue instead of body fat; WHY it’s important to retain that lean tissue; WHY it’s so difficult to regain lean tissue when it’s been lost; WHY body composition is linked to health and life span…

Tackling type 2 diabetes is an emergency – but for the best results corners can’t be cut.  Backing up recommendations with plenty of information, guidance and support and seeing everyone as an individual is crucial.

If you want the WHYs as well as the most effective WHATs available – get in touch!

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