Diabetes affects about 2 million people in the UK and the incidence of diabetes is rapidly rising. Most of us know someone with the condition; a family member or friend or work college. There are two types of diabetes; Type 1 diabetes which requires treatment with insulin and Type 2 that is commonly associated with obesity.
Managing your diabetes can be confusing and it is all about getting the right information to take responsibility and put you in control of your lifestyle.
It is generally agreed by medical and scientific communities that low calorie sweeteners are not only safe for use by people living with diabetes but can be very useful within the diabetic diet. Stevia and other low calorie sweeteners add sweetness and taste to foods and drinks but do not cause a rise in blood sugars, which, in turn, helps to manage blood glucose levels. In addition, since low calorie sweeteners are not carbohydrates their use does not need to be restricted.
About 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese so the avoidance of overweight and obesity is seen as key to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes or manage the condition if it has been diagnosed. The inclusion of low calorie sweeteners can help people with Type 2 diabetes control their body weight. In addition, according to a study in 2011, substituting water for sugar sweetened beverages or fruit juices may even reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes developing in some people. It would make sense then that water flavoured with a fruit or tea extract with low calorie sweetener could indeed help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes and assist in weight management efforts in those people with diabetes.
Measure your waist to find out if you should lose weight
As a rough guide if you are female, your waist measurement should be less than 80cm (32 in), if you are male your waist measurement should be less than 94cm (37.5 in). If you are an Asian male it should be less than 90cm (36 in) and less than 80cm (31.5 in) if you are an Asian woman
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From fuelling fitness for sports performance to healthy eating and fat loss, Penny Hunking has written, researched and talked to consumers and professionals about virtually every aspect of diet, weight management and exercise. She has also written or contributed to many books on key aspects of food, fat loss, fitness and special diets in a career spanning more than 3 decades.
Penny is a Registered Dietitian, a member of the British Dietetic Association, the Nutrition Society, Nutritionists in Industry, Association of Obesity and Sports Dietitians UK. But life is not all hard work, she is passionate about scuba diving, water skiing, cookery, travel and eating out.
RD – Registered Dietitian www.bda.uk.com
R.SEN – Registered Sport and Exercise Nutritionist www.senr.org.uk
R.Nutr – Registered Nutritionist (with a nutrition specialism in Public Health) www.associationfornutrition.org