November 14th is World Diabetes Day and we’re eager to offer our help to those who live with the condition. Diabetes can be difficult for anyone to live with, but can be made simpler with the right help from various charities and support groups. In this blog post, we’ve included a few tips and helpful links to aid those living with diabetes, and ways in which you can donate and raise money for this cause.
Over on our website, we have a range of products suitable for people with diabetes, such as our Diabetic Socks which help with poor circulation or numb feet or our Heel Protectors which cushion the feet and protect them from nerve damage pains. We also have a Glucose Measuring System which is user-friendly and enables people with diabetes to keep check on their glucose levels.
Across the country, there are a variety of local support groups run by Diabetes UK which take place once a month and are run by volunteers. Members of the groups also take place in fundraising and campaigning events. Simply enter your postcode here to find the nearest groups to you. It’s a great way to not only experience support and receive advice, but it also provides the opportunity to meet new people going through similar events and you can even make new friends!
Diabetes UK also have information about online communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which allow you to contact other people living with diabetes from the comfort of your own home. They also have a blog featured on their website with contributions from bloggers who live with or have lived with diabetes, which focuses on topics such as diabetes in the news, fundraising events and research into diabetes.
Also featured on Diabetes UK are guides on how to adjust to life with diabetes, ranging from advice on a healthy diet, quitting smoking and organising your medication. It’s important to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, as it can help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. A diet that includes food from all the five groups is especially crucial as it can help various parts of your body, such as eating meat to help your heart or dairy to provide protein.
On the subject of food, several delicious recipes are provided on the website too which are suitable for those living with diabetes. All the recipes cover the five food groups to ensure a balanced diet is provided, and you can even search for specific recipes that contain a certain ingredient or special dietary requirement, such as low sugar or gluten free. Sign up for their food eNewsletter to receive tips and inspiration on a monthly basis!
This World Diabetes Day, you can also donate money to charities such as Diabetes UK – money which goes to research into the condition and hopefully improve it for future generations! There is a number of ways to donate and raise money for charities; you can do it by text, leaving money in your will, or giving money via your payroll. There’s even a weekly lottery that you can enter for just a pound a week, which helps to raise money for the charity whilst simultaneously being in with a chance to win some yourself!
If you have any tips or advice about diabetes that you’d like to offer, or want to let us know what you’re doing for World Diabetes Day, get in touch via our Facebook or our Twitter!