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Diabetes: Alice’s New Year tips

Do you have diabetes and have over indulged during the festive period? Or perhaps you have set 2017 as the year to take control of your diabetes with a few simple changes to help manage your condition?

Alice Fletcher

Countess of Chester Hospital dietitian Alice Fletcher has some helpful advice on how to make small but significant changes to your diet and exercise routine to help you start 2017 on the right track.

Alice explains: “After Christmas many of us will have put some weight on and it is important that we do all we can to shed those pounds in the New Year so that our diabetes isn’t adversely affected. Around 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight and even a small weight loss such as losing 5 pounds of fat, can help the pancreas which is where insulin is produced, to work more efficiently and reduce blood sugar levels.

“Taking part in regular exercise such as walking, dancing or swimming is important as exercise burns energy and helps to lower blood sugar levels. It is also important to set realistic goals and our Diabetes Essentials advisors can help with this as well as signposting people to local exercise classes and activities they will enjoy.”

Alice and the Trust have produced a video with useful advice including tips on how to manage your portion sizes:

In the video, Alice outlines how to make sure you eat the right amount of food and highlights the support available from the Diabetes Essentials service which can help people newly diagnosed with diabetes as well as those who have had the condition for a number of years and feel in need of a refresher.

Alice added: “Diabetes Essentials is here to support you throughout the year, to make sure you have the correct information and give you the confidence to know you can manage your diabetes. If you are living with diabetes, it is important to remember it is your health and you can be in control of your condition.”

Diabetes Essentials is a free NHS diabetes education service run by the Countess of Chester Hospital. Group sessions are held at a number of venues throughout Chester and Cheshire offering advice and support for people with diabetes and there is no need to be referred by a doctor. Separate sessions are offered for people with Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and Borderline Diabetes, ensuring you receive the right information and support for your condition. Simply call 01244 365 234 or email diabetes.essentials@nhs.net

More information:

:: Diabetes Essentials is a local free NHS diabetes education service for people with Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes or Borderline Diabetes and is run by the Countess of Chester Hospital. Group sessions are held at a number of venues throughout Chester and Cheshire offering advice and support for people with diabetes and there is no need to be referred by a doctor. Simply call 01244 365 234 or email diabetes.essentials@nhs.net

:: Like the Diabetes Essentials Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest information and advice on managing your diabetes as well as when and where the groups will meet in the community. www.facebook.com/DiabetesEssentials/