Thank you to the PSS Health Trainers!

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.

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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

People said “it would mean I couldn’t do much”, “I would stay in” and “I would worry”.
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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

IMG_0394Foods with lots of fat in are:
• Fried food
• Biscuits, cakes, chocolate
• Pies
• Ready meals

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.

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