Start the day with a healthy breakfast and lower your chances of developing diabetes

29 October 2015 in Health
Having a healthy, low sugar and fibre rich breakfast every morning is one of the ways Newham residents can help prevent themselves from developing type 2 diabetes.
As part of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November, NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Newham Council are raising awareness of the benefits a healthy breakfast can have on combating the onset of the disease.

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body can't produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn't work properly.

There are currently 3.3 million people in the UK living with diabetes, with 90 per cent of these having Type 2 diabetes and an additional 590,000 people who have diabetes but have not been diagnosed. In Newham there are more than 23,000 residents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes – nearly eight per cent of adults in the borough. It is also estimated that another 38,900 Newham residents are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Dr Shahzada Khan, a local GP and the NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Diabetes Clinical Lead, explained:

“To reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes the best thing you can do is to eat healthily and increase the amount of activity you do, both of these will help with weight management including weight loss if required.   Starting each day with a healthy breakfast and sticking to the recommended calorie count for your age and gender is really important. Changing your eating and exercise habits can be hard but small changes over time can make a big difference.

Dr Khan, continues:

“There are a number of symptoms that can indicate the onset of Type 2 diabetes and I would urge people to ‘listen to their body’ and how it feels. Noticing changes and seeking medical advice could help to detect diabetes. If your family has a history of diabetes, or you relate to these symptoms please see your GP. Early detection of diabetes is important so you and your GP can work together to manage your diabetes.”

The main symptoms of diabetes are:
  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the genitalia areas, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision.
Eating a healthy breakfast helps with regulating the blood sugar levels. Among the healthy options for breakfast options are:
  • wholegrain bread such as seeded batch, multi-seed, granary, soya and linseed, and stoneground wholemeal
  • chapattis made with wholegrain flours
  • having pure fruit spread or mashed or chopped banana on toast instead of jam
  • low-fat natural yoghurt, low fat plain Greek  yogurt  or ‘Diet’ yoghurts to which you can add fresh fruit, nuts or seeds
  • grilling food instead of frying it
  • porridge oats
  • don’t add extra sugar to food and reduce the amount of butter or margarine you use

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health said:

“Eating a healthy breakfast not only prevents blood sugar levels from getting too high but also keeps people full throughout the morning. Whilst sugary cereals and white toast may be convenient these options typically raise blood sugar levels rapidly and can actually leave people feeling hungry well before lunchtime.

“Not only are there high numbers of people in Newham currently diagnosed with diabetes but also many hundreds are at high risk of developing it. Regular exercise and enjoying a healthier diet can reduce this risk.