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Diabetes-friendly DINNERS

In Australia, someone develops diabetes every five minutes. That’s 280 Australians every day, and type 2 diabetes is our fastest growing chronic condition. There are around 1.2 million Australians diagnosed with diabetes (of all types), but of great concern is the estimated 500,000 more people who simply don’t know they have it as they are yet to be diagnosed.

1 Sit less; move more.

Activity and exercise help insulin to work more effectively in the body, and to get glucose into the muscle cells to be used to fuel the activity. The more time you spend sitting, the less fuel your body uses and the harder it is to control blood glucose levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. Walking is ideal. You can break this into two or three shorter walks if you prefer. In fact, a 10-15 minute walk after meals is a fantastic way to help get blood glucose back under control after eating.

2 Keep a healthy weight.

If you are overweight, losing even 5% of your body weight is enough to benefit your health and management of diabetes. So don’t

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