The importance of diet and exercise in preventing type 2 diabetes

McDowell, J. (2014) The importance of diet and exercise in preventing type 2 diabetes. Nursing in Practice, 79,

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Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions globally with estimates of 374 million people worldwide (WHO 2014 ) and impacts on the people with the condition, their families and on health service resources. While type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, the causes of type 2 diabetes are more multi-factorial. In the UK there are about 2.9 million with diabetes of whom approximately 90% will have type 2. It is also estimated that there are about 850,000 people in the UK who have type 2 diabetes but have not as yet been diagnosed ( NHS UK 2014). Coupled with this, there are people who have known risk factors for developing diabetes. This article aims to consider the role of diet in adults in preventing those who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and to present the evidence and practical application for nurses.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDowell, Dr Joan
Authors: McDowell, J.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Nursing in Practice
Publisher:Campden Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Cogora
First Published:First published in Nursing in Practice 79
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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