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Diabetes Awareness Week taking place in UK

Friday 9th June 2017
A charity has published a range of diabetic-friendly recipes on its website ahead of Diabetes Awareness Week. Image: simpson33 via iStock
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Diabetes Awareness Week is taking place in the UK from Sunday June 11th to Saturday June 17th and the charity Diabetes UK has launched a new recipe campaign ahead of the event.
Figures from the organisation estimate that there are around 4.5 million people living with diabetes in Britain at present, but approximately one million of these individuals do not know they have type 2 diabetes and may therefore have lifestyle habits that could be causing their condition to worsen.
What's more, it is thought that as many as 11.9 million people could be putting themselves at increased risk of developing the condition due to their unhealthy lifestyle.
One of the first concerns that people have upon receiving a diabetes diagnosis is that they will no longer be able to enjoy their favourite meals, which is why Diabetes UK has launched its new campaign. Favourite recipes such as burgers, fish and chips and even apple strudel have been tweaked to make them more diabetic-friendly and will be available on the charity's website until mid-July.
Several high-profile chefs have got involved in the campaign, with Jamie Oliver, Ella Woodward and new The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith all donating their own tweaked recipes to the charity ahead of Diabetes Awareness Week.
This will therefore be a useful resource for dietitians to point their patients towards after telling them of their diagnosis, or if they have complained of being stuck in a rut with their food choices.
Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, commented: "When it comes to healthy eating, sometimes we all need a bit of inspiration to get us started.
"Every day, we get questions from people living with diabetes asking for advice from our experts about what they can or can't eat because they want to manage their diabetes well. So, we hope these tasty recipes for the food we love, but healthier, are a practical answer."
Written by Martin Lambert
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