Thank you to Jessica Farrell and Eve Moore for coming to visit People First Merseyside Liverpool Group on Tuesday 29th July to talk about Diabetes. It was a really interesting presentation and everyone got the chance to ask questions.
Jess and told us that many years ago Type 2 diabetes took a long time to develop so older people mostly had it. Now younger people are getting. Doctors think 3 out of 10 people have diabetes and do not know it.
Jess explained that when we eat a meal the food is broken down in your body – into sugar. This enters our blood stream and then a hormone is released into our body – insulin. The insulin removes the sugar from the blood into the cells. The cells use the sugar for energy.
Diabetes is when this doesn’t work – the insulin can’t take the sugar out of the blood quick enough and you have high blood sugar. You can faint or at worse go into a coma.
Things to look out for – Signs and Symptoms:
• Feeling very thirsty
• Needing a wee a lot
• Feeling tired a lot
• Sores that won’t heal properly
• Sudden weight loss
• Blurred vision
• Getting a thrush infection
Jess told us that it could affect our lives by:
• Taking medicine everyday
• Regular injections
• Problems with feet and legs
• Blurred vision
Jess told us that the things we could do to prevent or manage diabetes are:
• Eat the right foods
• Get more exercise
• Eat plenty of fibre
• Go for whole grains (brown bread, rice and pasta)
• Lose weight
• Eat 3 meals a day
• Stop smoking
• Have smaller portions
We looked at examples of wholegrain foods – rice, pasta, crackerbread and cereal.
Jess explained that it is better to choose brown rice and pasta as you get a steady flow of energy and it makes you feel fuller for longer.
Jess told us that the NHS recommend that half your plate should be vegetables/salad. A quarter of your plate should be carbohydrates – pasta, rice, bread, potatoes. The last quarter should be meat/fish/beans – the PROTEIN
We need to:
• Eat less foods like sweets, fizzy drinks, tea or coffee sweetened with sugar
• Eat less salt – don’t add it to food and avoid foods high in salt – it raises your blood pressure.
Sometimes we mix up the feeling of being thirsty with being hungry so have a glass of water first.
What foods should I eat more of?
• Eat more fibre by eating more whole grain foods
• Eat fruits and vegetables everyday like:
• Dark green veggies (broccoli, spinach, Brussels, sprouts)
• Orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, squash)
• Beans and peas (e.g. kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils)
Everyone found the presentation useful and we are going to be working hard to improve our health.» Back to News