Burngreave Healthy Communities has been working on helping people manage and prevent Type 2 Diabetes in recent months.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body cannot produce enough insulin or because the cells in your body do not react properly to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to control the amount of glucose, a type of sugar, in your blood.
Healthy living Type 2 Diabetes course in April
Following the success of the ‘Healthy Living with Type 2 Diabetes’ courses that ran in January and February 2012, a third course is due to commence on Wednesday 18th April. The course will run every Wednesday for six weeks from 10am-12pm at the Pakistani Advice & Community Association (PACA) on Page Hall Road.
Type 2 Diabetes is particularly prevalent in the South Asian community, and so there will be Punjabi and Urdu translation (provided by Health Trainer Sophina Asghar).
The sessions focus on practical ways to manage and prevent Type 2 Diabetes through diet and exercise. It will also provide an opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences. For more information or to book a place contact Becky Gunn, Health Development Worker, on 07960 084 119.
Choosing healthy food
To prevent or manage Type 2 Diabetes it is recommended that you eat a healthy, balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
Working out which foods are the healthiest option is not always easy. Foods that claim to be low fat are often high in sugar, which can make it difficult for people trying to lose weight. Many processed foods contain lots of salt which can raise blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart disease. Plenty of food products in supermarkets have labels on the front of their packs which give information on calories, sugar, fat, saturated fat, and salt which can help you make healthy choices. To make it easy to check your food labels, use this handy Food Shopping Card to make sure your foods don’t contain any hidden surprises.
Numbers on the shopping card are based on every 100g, so make sure you check the right column on the food labels.