The World Health Organisation (WHO) is marking its annual World Health Day today (7 April), which celebrates the Organisation’s founding in 1948, by issuing a call for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.
Health-promoting environments reduce risk factors
Measures needed include expanding health-promoting environments to reduce diabetes risk factors, like physical inactivity and unhealthy diets, and strengthening national capacities to help people with diabetes receive the treatment and care they need to manage their conditions.
“If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.”
Diabetes is a chronic, progressive noncommunicable disease (NCD) characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). It occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin hormone, which regulates blood sugar, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Healthy diets and nutritional therapists
Nutritional therapy promotes good health, performance and personal care though the application of scientific nutrition. A nutritional therapy practitioner may help clients to improve their sense of health and well-being. They may also work with healthcare professionals to support people with chronic conditions, like diabetes.
The first consultation will include a full health and nutrition questionnaire to supply a thorough background on medical history, health concerns, symptoms, lifestyle and diet. This will enable the nutritional therapy practitioner to devise a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme for the client to follow. A follow-up consultation will be arranged at a later date to monitor progress and allow adjustment.
To read more about the potential benefits of nutritional therapy and to find a therapist on the FHT’s Register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, visit www.fht.org.uk/register