Better eating habits can beat diabetes

The number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, the charity Diabetes UK warns, adding that around 90% of sufferers are type 2 diabetics – with diet and obesity being the cause.

With the number of sufferers up to 3.3 million from 2.1 million in 2005, Diabetes UK has called for the NHS to improve care for patients and for greater efforts to prevent diabetes, the BBC reported. Recently published data showed that diabetes medication now accounts for 10% of the NHS drugs bill, with nearly £869m spent on drugs, including insulin and metformin, marking a sharp rise from the £514m being spent a decade ago.

However, Diabetes UK and the NHS say the reason for the rising cases of type 2 are being placed squarely on the nation’s ballooning waistline.

Barbara Young, the chief executive of Diabetes UK, said “Diabetes already costs the NHS nearly £10bn a year, and 80% of this is spent on managing avoidable complications.”

Lots of the obesity problems in this country can be put down to bad diets with too much salt, sugar and fatty foods. This, coupled with a lack of exercise, has seen many people with poor lifestyles leading to health problems.

Hypnotherapy has a proven track record for helping people manage their weight and diet and this, in turn, can help diabetics and help ease that load on the NHS.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) has around 1800 highly-trained therapists across the UK who have experience in helping their clients manage their weight and what they eat.

Managing weight loss with hypnotherapy is achieved through putting the person in touch with why they unconsciously eat and what they eat. This is more effective than diets which reduce calories and weight that will be put on again in the longer term.

The hypnotherapist can help a person understand why they eat compulsively and help to create new healthy self-management techniques.

Another plus is that, besides stopping compulsive eating, hypnosis can increase the motivation for exercise. Losing weight with hypnosis is essentially about teaching the person to feel good about themselves and it focuses on making healthy changes to diet and lifestyle that will be permanent.

To start a healthier life with a better diet, it is easy to get hold of an NCH therapist near you by using the NCH directory.

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Long Term Conditions, said: “These figures are a stark warning and reveal the increasing cost of diabetes. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to get serious about lifestyle change.”

And Douglas Twenefour, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said there is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ eating pattern for people with diabetes but people need to control what they eat.


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