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Advertorial: Let’s prevent diabetes together!

This month, Barnet is raising awareness of the healthy changes we can all make to reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes – and feel great!

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Eat well

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Go bean! Try adding beans, peas and lentils to your meals to help support a healthy diet. Beans, peas and lentils are naturally low in fat and high in fibre, meaning they can help you to maintain a healthy weight. They also have a low glycaemic index. This means that eating beans can help to keep blood sugar levels steady and can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Scan the QR code and click ‘Go Bean’ for tasty, simple recipes and healthy eating tips or visit: yourhealthbarnet.org/gobean

Move More

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Moving more can also help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Aim to walk quickly or do something else that will get you a little out of breath for 30 minutes, on at least five days of the week.

Explore your local green space, pop into your nearest Barnet Better gym or scan the QR code (yourhealthbarnet.org/movemore ) for free and low cost ideas to help you get moving in Barnet, no matter your fitness level. 

Stop Smoking

 

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People who smoke cigarettes are 30%–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who don’t smoke. If you have diabetes and you smoke, quitting smoking will benefit your health right away. Adam, 48, had been a smoker for over 30 years. After suffering a heart attack on his way to work, he made the decision to stop smoking for good: ‘Barnet’s Stop Smoking service brought an element of joy to the process. When you think of stopping smoking, it’s a chore, it’s a challenge, but the service made it fun.’ You’re three times more likely to quit and stay smoke free if you receive professional support. Scan the QR code or visit: yourhealthbarnet.org/stop-smoking  

Drink Less

Cutting back on alcohol can have positive effects on your body and mind in just a few days. Why not try swapping your next drink for a non-alcoholic alternative? Even cutting back small amounts can help you lose weight, give you more energy to play with the kids or grandkids, and help you sleep better.

If you’re worried you might be drinking too much, scan the QR code and click ‘Drink Less’ to take DrinkCoach’s free 2 minute alcohol test or get free online coaching sessions with an alcohol specialist. 

Come along to Barnet’s Diabetes Week Event 

Friday 14 June, 10am –6pm, FREE 

Main atrium (Centre Court) at Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Get a FREE ‘Know your risk’ score for type 2 diabetes. Get health and wellbeing advice from a range of professionals including support to help you: 

  • move more
  • eat healthily
  • keep a healthy heart
  • manage blood pressure
  • stop smoking
  • drink less
  • look after your mental health 

And get creative with arts & crafts activities for the kids! 

Over 40? Book yourself in for a free health screening: www.barnet.gov.uk/healthscreen  

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Or visit: yourhealthbarnet.org/diabetesprevention 

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