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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


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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This month: ditch the scales and discover the new research that’ll help you reach your weight loss goals. We speak to four people diagnosed with diabetes for their best advice, and reveal how you can eat healthily and heartily without breaking the bank. Plus, get our brand new complete weight loss plan from nutrition editor Amanda Ursell and try over 30 calorie-counted recipes that not only taste great, but will help you feel great too. It’s all in the June issue of Healthy Food Guide, available now.