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Make a New Year's resolution that sticks

Eating and drinking too much over the festive season is part and parcel of Christmas and with 2012 now gone, the New Year is a perfect time to make some positive changes to your long-term health and well being.

With just a few adjustments, you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as being an important part of effectively managing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Eye on the waistline

We all tend to indulge more over Christmas, and with gastronomic delights tempting us along the way, it’s likely you’ve consumed more fat and calories than you have at other times of the year.

The diet recommended for people with diabetes is the same healthy diet recommended to everyone - it should be low in fat, salt and sugar with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and alcohol should be drunk in moderation and with care.

If you need some guidance to help you get back on track, take a look at our eating well section, packed full of useful steps and advice on how to revamp your diet and help you make better food choices for 2013.

For inspiration on fresh culinary ideas for 2013, we have over 250 online recipes to choose from. All our calorie-counted dishes have been adapted, tasted and nutritionally analysed for Diabetes UK.

Keep active

Keeping active is good for all of us but is especially important for people with diabetes. The recommended minimum amount of physical activity for adults is 30 minutes on at least five days of the week, and for children it’s one hour a day.

If you’re thinking about becoming more active for the New Year, but don’t know where to start, why not consider setting yourself a new challenge by getting involved in one of our year-round fundraising events?

Taking part in an organised event is great for sustaining motivation and goal setting, and with everything from walking and cycle rides, to skydiving and marathons, there’s a fundraising event to suit everyone.

Or, you could set your own challenge - this can be anything from swimming 100 lengths to climbing Mount Everest to losing the weight you gained over Christmas. If you have any concerns at all about becoming more active, never be afraid to ask for advice – your diabetes team is there to help.

Get support

Having the right support is essential for the wellbeing of all people with diabetes, so in 2013, check that you’re receiving a good standard of care with the help of our 15 healthcare essentials. This is a 15 point list of the checks and services you should be receiving annually. The New Year is a great opportunity to take a look through this list and ensure that in 2013 you are receiving all your checks.

If you have any questions about diabetes, the Diabetes UK Careline provides trained counsellors to give support and information on any topics relating to diabetes.

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