People with diabetes have been advised to drink more water and drink less sugary drinks, as part of a new report.
A new report from the UK’s Department of Health and Clinical Excellence has warned that as many as 40 per cent of the country’s water consumption could be due to “low glycemic index” foods.
But the report found that the average sugar-sweetened drink, with a daily calorie value of around 1,200mg, was not linked to a reduction in diabetes risk.
Dr Paul Gillingham, from the Department of Public Health and Care Excellence, said: “The low glycemic-index foods in our report are linked to diabetes risk in one in five people, but it’s the sugar-containing drinks that are linked with a 50 per cent risk of diabetes in people who are not diabetic.”
This is especially important in the younger and less healthy population.
“We are calling on people to take a closer look at the types of food that they’re eating, how they’re consuming sugar, and whether they’re actually reducing their risk of type 2 diabetes.”
Dr Gillingam said it was vital to limit sugar consumption, with the average calorie-counting for sugar-free drinks, cakes, biscuits and pasta around 700mg.
Dr Gilingham said: “[But] it’s not enough to simply be happy with the diet.
We want to know what you’re doing to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.”
He said people were urged to limit their sugary drink consumption, and drink lots of water.
He added: “We want to ensure people have a safe drinking environment.
It’s important that they drink enough water to maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, and that they avoid foods that are high in sugar, such as fruit, sweets and dairy products.”
These are all things we all need to get on top of.
“The report also said that in the UK, over half of people aged 25 to 64 had diabetes, and more than half of those had at least one other form of the condition.
The UK’s government’s diabetes policy was introduced in 2007, but the numbers of people with diabetes rose by 40 per 1,000 people from 2003 to 2007.
However, the figures also showed that people with type 2 had the highest rate of diabetes and that the proportion of people in their 30s and 40s with diabetes increased by nearly 25 per cent from 2003-07.”
Our new report shows that in terms of health, we need to change our approach to eating to one that is more focused on the quality of our food and how we prepare it.””
The best way to tackle the obesity crisis in this country is to reduce the burden of diabetes.”
Our new report shows that in terms of health, we need to change our approach to eating to one that is more focused on the quality of our food and how we prepare it.
“It’s about giving our food a fair shake and not putting it in a bag.”
Read more:Dietitian Dr Glyn Hinton, who specialises in diabetes, said the report highlighted the need for people to look beyond the standard sugar-based diets and foods.
“If you’re not a diabetic, you need to do your own research, as you need the guidance to make the best decisions for you,” she said.
“And if you’re looking to lose weight, don’t just look at a box of biscuits or a cup of tea, but also look at what you put into your body.”
You need to be taking your diet seriously.
“Dr Hinton said people with low blood sugar or a diabetes condition were at risk of getting an infection.”
I would be more concerned if people were being asked to take sugar and food and drink.
It is just not healthy,” she added.
She said it could also impact on people with high blood pressure.
Dr Hessen said:”People with diabetes need to take more care of their blood sugar.
They should be aware of when they have an elevated blood sugar, so they don’t drink too much sugar.
“They should also be mindful of the fact that they need to consume less water, and to make sure that their water is not tainted by salt.”
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