There are a number of different types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 1 is where your body attacks the cells in your pancreas, which makes insulin, so that you are no longer able to produce it. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes are extreme thirst, extreme tiredness and more frequent urination. If you experience any of these symptoms it may be a good idea to visit your doctor.
Over 425 million people currently live with diabetes worldwide. The majority of those cases are type 2 diabetes, which can be preventable through leading a healthy lifestyle. With type 2 diabetes, your body still produces insulin but it is not enough to lower blood glucose levels. Sometimes the pancreas stop producing insulin, which leads to high blood sugar levels.
Moving more every day is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, whether it’s an activity class, a sport session or even just getting up from your seat more; lots of different activities can make a big difference. Moving more to reduce diabetes is key as being overweight is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
You should aim to do 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week. Moderate activity is where your breathing is increased but you’re still able to talk. Walking, cycling and swimming are some examples. You should also aim to fit in two or more sessions of strength training a week. Examples of these include gardening, carrying groceries and yoga.
It’s important to set realistic goals with physical activities. This can help to keep you motivated and take it one step at a time.
You don’t have to do it alone. If you feel that you need any support with becoming physically active give Greenwich Get Active a call on 0800 096 5436