Each year on November 14 the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) seek to promote the theme of ‘education and prevention’ on World Diabetes Day. A huge concern for the modern generation, the campaign slogan for 2012 is ‘Diabetes: protect our future’ and focuses on supporting those with type 1 diabetes and preventing our current generation of children from developing type 2 diabetes. The date is significant in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. But whilst insulin has provided those suffering with a way to lead a regular and full life there are many other helpful tips and tricks that can help to prevent the effects of diabetes.
- Look on the bright side. Stress can get in the way of taking care of yourself and managing your diabetes. So, find out what's causing stress in your life and find small ways to reduce or cope with the things that irritate you. A great way of doing this is simply to schedule something fun for yourself on a regular basis.
- Exercise makes everything better. Exercise is good for everybody. It gives you more energy, reduces stress, helps you relax, and makes it easier to fall asleep. Work towards doing at least 30 minutes everyday but remember to choose an activity that you'll find fun rather than a chore.
- Get regular checkups. Keeping regular appointments with your doctor and getting tests will keep you up to date with your risks. Write down any questions that you have ahead of time and let your doctor know at the beginning of each visit what specific things you want to talk about.
- Don't diet, just make healthier food choices. Find a healthier way of eating that you can stick with for life by introducing a variety of foods packed full of vitamins and minerals. Instead of thinking about food as either 'good' or 'bad' it's much easier to make simple daily swaps for the foods that are less nutritious for you on a daily basis.