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"We need to act now", Cumbernauld fitness guru, John Allan, on Type 2 Diabetes policy think-tank

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:29 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD fitness guru John Allan has reacted to news that senior health campaigners and officials will be meeting within the next week to discuss the Government’s future strategy on preventing and better treating Diabetes.

On Tuesday 23rd April, 2013, influential experts from organisations including the University of Birmingham, Diabetes UK, NICE and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes will gather to discuss and decide upon policies and strategies, which they feel, should be recommended to Government, as part of a national health strategy to aid prevention of the disease and how to better treat those with the condition, in an attempt to combat the rise of type 2 Diabetes in the UK.

Health and fitness expert John Allan from Get Cumbernauld Healthy has told Cumbernauld Media he believes that individual action is needed to prevent diabetes affecting more of us each year.

John said: “It’s clear to those working in the fitness industry that diet and exercise are key factors to preventing Type 2 Diabetes; there are a number of risk factors for diabetes, some of which are preventable, such as weight gain around the middle, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.”

“Losing weight, adopting more activity into your day, stopping smoking and cutting down on your alcohol can all help to lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 

“Exercise is known to increase insulin sensitivity which essentially helps to tackle the root cause of the problem. Also, regular exercise can also help to reduce cholesterol and help people to lower high blood pressure.”

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Around 3.8 million people in the UK have Diabetes, but the charity Diabetes U.K. has made predictions that that could become as high as 6.2 million by 2035/2036. 

Diabetes U.K. have also predicted that the NHS could be spending as much as 16.8 billion pounds on Diabetes by 2035, a figure that means the NHS could be spending as much as 17% of its budget on Diabetes treatment by 2035.

“Personally I think it's time for the government to consider placing a tax on sugary drinks and banning commercials for sweets and the like. We really do need to act now to reverse this worrying trend,” John added.

“Even a little extra activity each day can help. Some basic steps can really help to make a difference if they become a regular habit, such as walking to the shops rather using the car or getting off the bus a stop early.”

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