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How to LIVE WELL with diabetes

What happens after diagnosis? We talked to four people about how they’ve coped and the changes they’ve made, and asked the experts at Diabetes UK for strategies and tips

HEALTH

Taking ownership of my condition and openly talking about it has been a huge help AMY BLACK

IF THE PEOPLE featured over the following pages look familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen them on the new TV adverts from Diabetes UK, cooking their favourite healthy dishes. They’re four of the real-life ‘stars’ of the charity’s latest campaign to help people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to manage their condition better, and raise awareness of the role of eating well.

More people than ever are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and at increasingly younger ages, confirms HFG expert and GP Dawn Harper. ‘Worryingly, there seems to be a complacency about the diagnosis,’ she says. ‘Many of us know someone with type 2 diabetes, so it’s almost become “normalised”. The harsh truth is that by the time they’re diagnosed, half of those with type 2 diabetes already have signs of complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, vision problems and circulatory issues. I’m afraid to say we have to amputate limbs every week in the NHS because of diabetes. We need to act now to prevent this problem escalating.’

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