Newham doctor’s call for healthy breakfasts

It might be tasty, but it's not healthy

It might be tasty, but it's not healthy - Credit: Archant

Having a healthy breakfast can help prevent you from developing type two diabetes.

That’s the call from NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Newham Council ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14.

To mark the occasion, they are raising awareness of the benefits eating something low sugar and fibre rich can have on combating the disease’s onset.

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body can’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly.

In Newham, there are more than 23,000 residents diagnosed with type two diabetes – nearly eight per cent of adults living in the borough.

It’s estimated another 38,900 residents are at risk of developing it.

Dr Shahzada Khan,the diabetes clinical lead for NHS Newham CCG, said: “To reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes the best thing you can do is to eat healthily and increase the amount of activity you do.

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“Starting each day with a healthy breakfast and sticking to the recommended calorie count for your age and gender is really important.

“Changing your eating and exercise habits can be hard but small changes over time can make a big difference.”

Among the recommendations for a healthy breakfast are wholegrain bread, low-fat natural yoghurt and porridge oats.

Anyone who recognises any of the main symptoms of diabetes – thirst, tiredness, blurred vision, weight loss or needing the toilet more frequently – should contact their GP.

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