Are you at risk of diabetes?

Marion Foreman

The British Medical Journal is carrying a report telling us that there has been an ‘extremely rapid’ rise in pre-diabetes since 2003 and therefore a ‘surge’ in type 2 diabetes is expected in the coming years. The NHS already spends 10% of its budget on this condition.

Marion ForemanWhat does ‘on the cusp’ mean? It means that you have no symptoms of ill health but that your blood sugar is at the top of the normal range. Does it matter and can you do something about it? Yes and yes.

Developing type 2 Diabetes is unpleasant and carries the risk of many potential side effects and complications. Particular health problems associated with diabetes are kidney failure, sight deterioration and peripheral loss of feeling.

What can you do? There is a high correlation between BMI (Body Mass Index) and diabetes – keeping our weight down is definitely something we can do to control the risk. And it is important to make sure that any weight we do carry is not all around our waist area. It has been found that fat that is visible in a large waist measurement is also carried internally. Internal fat coats organs, makes them less effective and increases the risk of diabetes.

And I have said it lots of times before – one of the best ways to manage body weight is to eat cleanly (minimal fast release carbs, more protein) and to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week.  Oh, and did I mention alcohol? Keep it as a treat, have alcohol free days, it’s full of empty calories.

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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.