Self-Care – eat better and move more!
We want to support you to avoid ill health and are going to be raising awareness of how ‘self-care’ can improve your health and wellbeing. ‘Self-care’ is about the every day things we can do to improve our health and look after ourselves. We will be starting with a focus on eating healthily, increasing activity levels and reducing or preventing the risk of diabetes.
If you’re convinced that diabetes is something that can’t affect you, then it might be time to think again! In Leicestershire more than 37,000 adults, that’s 6.7% of the total population, are living with diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin and unfortunately there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk.
With Type 2 diabetes the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin and this type is far more common. Symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, urinating more frequently at night, feeling very tired and weight loss or loss of muscle bulk. If you experience these main symptoms see your GP as soon as possible.
Type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight or obese, so making healthy lifestyle changes can help to reduce your risk. With 64% of adults in Leicestershire either overweight or obese, we want to encourage as many people as possible to look after their wellbeing through ‘self-care’.
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