Diabetes cases have topped five million for the first time, with sufferers at risk of serious complications affecting the eyes, heart, kidney and limbs.
However, 90% have Type 2 diabetes and the good news is it can be relieved and sometimes even reversed with simple changes to your diet, lifestyle and outlook. Here we reveal 21 things you can do today that could put it on the back foot.
1. Lose weight
Losing weight is the best way to put your diabetes into remission and the sooner you lose weight, the better your chances will be.
Douglas Twenefour, head of care at Diabetes UK, says: “You are more likely to put your diabetes into remission if you lose a substantial amount of weight – 2st 5lb (or 15kg) – safely and as quickly as possible following your diagnosis.”