100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes’ is a book full of tips written by people living with diabetes, for people living with diabetes. Covering everything from going on holiday to eating out, working out and managing diabetes with work, relationships and more, it’s packed full of useful tips and handy hints for every part of life with diabetes.
What is the book?
It’s called ‘100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes’ and it’s a collection of the most useful tips for living with diabetes, written by the people who know best – people with diabetes and their families.
The book also has information about Diabetes UK’s services and support for people with diabetes and their loved ones.
Who is the book for?
Anyone who has any form of diabetes or is affected by diabetes – partners, family and friends of people with diabetes will find it useful, too. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, we hope you’ll discover new and inspiring tips that you find helpful in everyday life.
How can I get the book?
You can order it free here https://100things.diabetes.org.uk/. If you know someone who might also find the book useful, let them know they can order their free copy as well. (this is available only in UK).
What kind of tips will I find in the book?
Tips that can help you in all kinds of everyday situations from knowing the local word for carbohydrate when you go on holiday to knowing the best time of day to buy shoes for the best fit. The book includes tips covering eating out, working out, and managing diabetes with work, study, relationships and more. The book is divided into five handy sections to help you find the tips you’re looking for quickly and easily.
How were the tips chosen?
We asked everyone living with diabetes to send in their tips and received over 1,100. We checked each tip with our clinical team, and our panel of people with diabetes helped us to choose the final shortlist based on the tips that would be most useful to people affected by diabetes.
My story so far:
“A Ticking Time Bomb”.
That was the blunt description given the mounting problem of Type 2 Diabetes within the South Asian Diaspora community in the United Kingdom a few years ago.
According to research, immigrants to the UK from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other nations from South Asia are six times more likely than the indigenous white population to develop Type 2 Diabetes.
Whilst current evidence is inconclusive as to why British Asians are more susceptible to the disorder, medical experts have pointed to the twin evils of a diet high in carbohydrates and saturated fatty acids (all those chapattis and rice dishes) as well as alarmingly low levels of physical activity, especially among older South Asian women, as two of the most significant contributory factors to a problem that is certain to put a huge burden on families and the community at large.
Alarmingly, there is widespread ignorance about Type 2 Diabetes within the community, according to medical experts, which threatens the lives of thousands.
Mumbai-born, with ten amazing years in New Zealand, now North London-based marketing and advertising expert, Raga D’silva was among those ignorant masses.
The 45-year-old mother of twins, whose family had a history of Diabetes, was diagnosed with this illness in 2012. The news brought about a radical change in Raga and has inspired her to help others with Diabetes and raise awareness.
Raga is the Asian Ambassador for Diabetes UK.
Watch my interviews for some simple tips.