Type 2 diabetes is widespread in the UK, with one in 10 people over 40 living with it, according to estimates released last year. The figures show that there are 3.8 million people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK, and 90 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes. There are almost one million more people living with Type 2 diabetes without knowing it, bringing the total number up to 4.7 million.
How to alleviate these symptoms
“Good control of blood glucose levels can improve the symptoms of neuropathy and can reduce the progression of the nerve damage,” explains Diabetes UK.
There are two key aspects to controlling blood sugar levels: modifying your diet and increasing the amount of physical activity you engage in.
Key dietary tips
According to the NHS, there’s nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you’ll have to limit certain foods.
The worst offenders are carbohydrates so it is imperative to cut down on your carb intake.
Low and medium GI foods include:
- Some fruit and vegetables
- Wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats
How much exercise do I need to do to lower blood sugar levels?
“You should aim for 2.5 hours of activity a week,” advises the NHS.
As the health body explains, you can be active anywhere as long as what you’re doing gets you out of breath.
This could be:
- Fast walking
- Climbing stairs
- Doing more strenuous housework or gardening
Published at Mon, 11 May 2020 16:14:00 +0000