Diabetes UK is encouraging everyone to make a New Year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle in 2009.
"We want everyone to take up our New Year challenge by aiming to eat a healthy balanced diet and do a bit more physical activity each day,” said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.
Reduce your risk
Leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as being an important part of effectively managing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Eating a healthy balanced diet, managing your weight and keeping active could improve wellbeing and help protect against long-term complications of diabetes such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and amputation.
Make small changes
“Diabetes is serious and can lead to devastating complications. Making small changes could make a big difference in the long run for people already diagnosed with the condition or for those who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes,” continued Dowling.
Become a member of Diabetes UK
To help you lead a healthy lifestyle, become a member of Diabetes UK - we offer a wide range of benefits, including our bi-monthly members' magazine 'Balance', access to Diabetes UK Careline and financial and insurance products designed to meet the needs of people with diabetes.
Join us on Facebook
If you'’ve resolved to catch up with old friends in 2009, why not make some new ones through the Diabetes UK fan page on Facebook? Simply become a fan of Diabetes UK on the social networking website.
It’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest Diabetes UK activities and information, and to share your experiences and opinions.
Make 2009 the 'year of donation'
Organ and blood donation
Following the Government's decision in November last year to continue with the 'opt-in' system rather than one of assumed consent, the NHS Blood and Transplant service is calling for people to make a New Year's resolution to make 2009 the year of donation.
Visit our Organ and blood donation page for information to help people with diabetes or their families to make this choice.