The treatment of New Zealand’s diabetes epidemic, which affects more than 250,000 Kiwis, costs our country an estimated 11% of its total health budget each and every year.
Diabetes is a group of chronic conditions that impact your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes in New Zealand – and sadly, it can be a preventable disease, which develops as a result of poor weight management and diet, and lack of exercise.
While there’s no cure once someone has Type 2 diabetes, there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to manage the condition, or (if started early enough) prevent it from developing at all.
At nib, we’re here to empower our members to be more proactive about their health and wellbeing. So, for our second instalment of The Blues Diabetes Quiz series, see The Blues go head-to-head in a nutrition challenge, hosted by celebrity chef Hera Te Kurapa. Watch to uncover simple and easy food substitutes, that will help you make healthier choices!
Here are some other tips to help manage or reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes:
• Eat your meals at set times
Having a meal schedule can curb cravings and portion sizes, enabling your body to better regulate blood sugar levels and helping to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Start with a nutritious breakfast to give you energy to tackle the day, followed by up to five small (healthy) meals throughout the day.
• Choose low-fat products carefully
While low-fat alternatives can be a healthier choice, some products (like certain fat-free yoghurts) replace fat content with more sugar, so it’s important to be selective! Eating the right types of fat is crucial - no more than 10% of your daily calories should be from saturated fats.